The Royal Southern YC's September Regatta, a fitting finale to the Club's Summer Series + the J80 Nationals

The Royal Southern YC's September Regatta, a fitting finale to the Club's Summer Series + the J80 Nationals

Tuesday September 11 2012 Author: PRPETA Location: United Kingdom

Report by Phil Riley:

A former Royal Southern Commodore was credited with inspiring a winning performance in the club’s September Regatta, the final instalment of the Summer Championship series last weekend (Sept 8-9).

Tom Rogers helmed his XOD Dolphin to victory in a tightly fought contest, but said the laurels really belonged to his late father Ron. ‘I’ve been learning to sail the back of the boat as opposed to the front which was my position when he was around,’ said Tom. ‘I’d sailed with my father since my early teens, many Cowes Weeks, only in X Boats really, I wouldn’t know what to do in any other boat.

‘I’m cursed with sentiment, there’s a lot of dad in that boat – if we get a good result we always attribute it to him.

‘I inherited the boat from my father. He passed away in 2007 and was Commodore here, and we chucked her back in the drink in 2008 and are slowly getting better over the last few years.’

Tom took a narrow single point win over Diana Wilson’s Mischief, who in turn was only a point in front of Andy Hamlett’s Satu, and said it was all down to their light airs performance on Saturday which saw them take two bullets.

‘We are very much a light weather boat,’ he said. ‘I had my father-in-law Cliff Miller with me, just the two of us, so when the wind got up to gusting 25 knots it was fairly heavy going for us. We were quite overpowered but we were able to do enough in the light wind races to sneak it by one point.

‘We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat really. The two firsts on Saturday were very, very pleasing. Dolphin prefers flatter water and we prefer the lighter wind stuff unless we’ve got three-up which we didn’t this weekend.’

The final Summer Championship weekend of the year was blessed with largely idyllic sailing conditions with shorts and sunscreen the order of the day. Saturday’s 8 – 10knots of breeze appeared after a two-hour postponement and allowed a full programme of races, albeit dropping later in the afternoon. Similar conditions greeted racers first thing on Sunday, and quick-witted race officers – who won universal praise for laying courses in sometimes fragile conditions – were able to get in a race before the forecast south westerly duly arrived with 20 knots and more in the gusts.

A number of yachts revelled in the varied conditions, none more so than Mike Homes’ J97 Jika Jika which won IRC3 with four straight wins.

‘Saturday was a little tricky and the wind did crap out on a couple of occasions,’ said Holmes. ‘In the second race on Saturday only two of us finished and the other boat was 20 minutes behind, the wind was just dropping off.’ And he added: ‘It was a fantastic weekend though. When we did the J Cup I was wondering why I’d bought a light number one, which I’d hardly used up to that stage, but we ended up using it a lot this weekend.’

Other clean sweeps came in the SB20s, where Robert Greenhalgh’s Bang Tidy won the two-boat match race with Dudley Stock’s Odontoblast, and IRC1 with Mike Bartholomew’s King 40 Tokoloshe dominating.

‘We had a great time in enjoyable sailing conditions, but there is a bit of a concern about the size of the classes,’ said Bartholomew, expressing a view echoed by a number of other competitors and which will be addressed in part at the Royal Southern Dayboat Seminar on September 29th.

Closer racing came in IRC2 where John Howell’s Dehler 36 SQ Alaris took two wins on its way to winning the class ahead of Andrew Given’s J109 High Tension and Chris Jones’ J105 Journeymaker 5.

The 175 Rule Class showed their competitive spirit by declining a shortened course on the Saturday and providing a matter for the attention of the protest committee on Sunday, delaying confirmed results.

Racing on the Saturday only, the J109s were similarly competitive, the top three sharing a win apiece with Michael Wallis’ Jahmali emerging on top a point ahead of Roger Phillips’ Designstar2 with Tony Dickin’s Jubilee a point further back.

Running alongside the September Regatta, with starts on the Green Line, was the MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 National Championship which was convincingly won by Royal Southern member Rob Larke in J2X.

‘It was really good, especially the last race when the wind got up to 25 knots,’ said Larke, who won five out of six races on the way to victory. ‘Saturday was quite testing, with everyone doing more or less the same speed, so it was really hard to get out . But we were able to make good starts and get away and get our nose in front which helped us win the three races on Saturday.

‘I love the boat and got hooked on it a couple of years ago on Joystick when we did the Worlds in Santander with 140 boats – it was fantastic, unbelievable. They’re really nice boats to sail, really well balanced. It attracts a good field of sailors.’


IRC1 1. Tokoloshe (King 40) 2. Jump (J/133) 2. Salvo (Corby 33)

IRC2 1. Alaris (Dehler 36 SQ) 2. High Tension (J109) 3. Journeymaker 5 (J105)

IRC3 1. Jika Jika (J97) 2. Indulgence (J97) 3. Hooligan (Trapper 950)

IRC4 1. Trout (Dehler 29)

XOD 1. Dolphin 2. Mischief 3. Satu

SB20 1. Bang Tidy 2. Odontoblast

J109 1. Jahmali 2. Designstar2 3. Jubilee

J/80 Nationals 1. J2X 2. Slightly Steamy 3. Betty


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