Please select your home edition
Edition
Ocean Safety 2023 - New Identity - LEADERBOARD

Warsash Sailing Club Dinghy Championship

by Richard Jarman 16 May 06:19 BST 11 May 2024
Warsash Sailing Club Dinghy Championship © Chris Hughes

The Warsash Sailing Club Dinghy Championship was held on Sat 11th May. As the day of the Championship approached, it dawned on the organising committee (notably the Race Officer, Dinghy Chairman, Rear Commodore Sailing and this author) that perhaps the marketing of the event had got a little out of hand when nearly 80 boats had signed up to participate. Was it the lure of 4 races or the post racing Greek Street Food van? I guess we'll never know!

In most classes this would be a good turn out for a Nationals and perhaps only the Optimist or Topper fleet could expect more boats for an Open meeting. For Warsash Sailing Club, this "members only" event simply demonstrates what a thriving club we have. Friendly, fun, world class sailing on the edge of the Solent with a brand new extension ready to welcome thirsty and hungry sailors once back on shore. Our junior and youth programme is thriving with over 180 sailors involved in 2024.

Some statistics... we had entries that covered the spectrum of speed from Optimists to a 49er. We had sailors that ranged in age from 5 years old to our very own Finn Super Legend. We had sailors with the full range of experience from World Champions & Olympic medalists to those just starting racing. 13 Finns joined in for their pre-Masters Worlds tune up, 9 RS400s entered for pre-Euros preparation and 6 RS Fevas enrolled for a pre-Nationals speed test.

Our race officer, Peter Knight, did a stunning job of running 4 races for 5 classes in 3.5 hours, in an area constrained by tide and the main Southampton shipping channel. Electing to run average laps around a quadrilateral course, the fleets were (mostly) well behaved with clean starts and only a few OCS each race. The notable exception was the Finn fleet first start, where some overenthusiastic starting resulted in a general recall.

After all that, some racing was held in glamorous conditions of bright sunshine and 8 to 10 knots of breeze. Your author had his head down lifting marks, so did not really observe any of the tactical brilliance, amazing boat handling or outstanding boat speed that he heard about it in the bar afterwards! He did see some big smiles and plenty of action at mark roundings.

Results wise, it was clear that some boats enjoyed the congestion and close racing more than others. In the fast fleet, it was an RS400 1,2,3 with Ian Walker and Anna Warren in first place, from 2nd placed Alex Horlock sailing with his dad, and third placed David Swift and Rob Burgess. The Finn fleet was won by Nick Craig from Tim Carver and John Heyes, whilst in the medium fleet, Tim Norris in his RS Aero7 won from Ian Dawson and Adrian Williams in Hadron H2s in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the Slow fleet, James Moreland sailing with son Milo (our youngest competitor) in a YW Dayboat won from a clutch of keen youth sailors, with Alfie N in an ILCA 6 in 2nd and Ethan R with Josh B in an RS Feva in 3rd. In the Junior fleet, Sam W won in his Optimist from Max E in a RS Tera Sport. Special mention must go to Emily S in her RS Tera Pro, who sailed the entire last lap of the course after the finish signal was raised, whilst the rest of the fleet made a beeline for the shore.

The prize-giving was held in the garden of Shore House in the blazing sunshine and thanks to both North Sails and Baltic for the selection of goodies handed out to the prize winners. Such an event cannot operate without a big team of volunteers, and our thanks go to all the race committee, rib drivers & crews, bar volunteers, results processor and trophy cleaner!

In case you're worried I've already booked the same weather for 2025!

Full results can be found here.

Related Articles

Sea Sure and Hartley Boats Fire Nationals
A two day event of extremes at Warsash This year's competition, hosted at Warsash Sailing Club, was a two day event of extremes. Race Officer Peter Knight recorded a first day with a steady 15 knots rising to a 22 knots by the final race. Posted on 5 Jun
Sea Sure and Hartley Boats Fire Nationals Preview
The fleet is set for Warsash SC on the first weekend of June For those of you not in-the-know about the Fire Class, it's useful, firstly, to note that the Fire is sister to the popular 1996 designed Blaze. Posted on 3 May
Girls Only Topper Training at Warsash
Vicious gusts coming across from Hamble village catch a few sailors out Occasionally it's good for the girls to have some time to themselves hence the "Girls Only" training camp held at Warsash SC on Sunday March 24th. Posted on 26 Mar
The wisest Wise Man
Cliff Norbury's influence still extends across much of our sport today Cliff Norbury was a man whose influence still extends across much of our sport today and with the sad news of his passing, the time is right to look at the life and sailing career of a man who really does deserve the title of the 'Wisest Wise Man'. Posted on 26 Jan
Topper End of Seasons at Warsash
Many sailors in the 4.2 fleet sailing their first open event For the final event of the Rooster Southern Topper Traveller Series and End of Season Championships, we were hosted by my home club Warsash SC. There were 2 days of racing planned, with a mixed forecast, we were 32 sailors in total. Posted on 24 Oct 2023
Warsash Finn Open
23 helms for British Finn Travellers Series finale 23 Finns turned out for the final event of the British Finn Travellers series, traditionally hosted by Warsash Sailing Club. Posted on 9 Oct 2023
Hadron H2 Solent Trophy at Warsash
Final event of the H2 season at one of the favourite venues of the class Warsash Sailing Club is one of the favourite venues for the Hadron H2s. The Hamble club hosted the first H2 Nationals in 2017 when every H2 then built attended and we have been back nearly every year since. Posted on 8 Oct 2023
420 GP3 at Warsash
A light wind weekend for the 24-strong fleet On Saturday morning, the fleet of 24 420s was met with light winds and some extreme heat down on the sunny Solent. Everyone was very sceptical of getting 3 races in due to the 2 knots forecast and no signs of thermal enhancement all week. Posted on 14 Sep 2023
RS Aero UK Southern Championships at Warsash
A blustery event on the central Solent 28 RS Aeros turned out to a blustery RS Aero UK Southern Champs at Warsash on the river Hamble to race on the central Solent. The winds gusted well into the mid 20s for the three races on Saturday providing plenty of excitement. Posted on 14 Jul 2023
Sea Sure Blaze Nationals 2023 at Warsash
A class-record 71 boats entered for the event The Sea Sure Blaze Nationals took place across the long-weekend of 9th-11th June at Warsash Sailing Club, with a class-record 71 boats entering for the event. Posted on 19 Jun 2023