Warsash Spring Series

Lynsey Thomas talks to some of the weekend's competitors

Tuesday March 27th 2001, Author: Lynsey Thomas, Location: United Kingdom
Two weeks into the Warsash Spring Series and Mark Heeley has already set the benchmark for the others to follow in the Farr 40 fleet.
The majority of boats appear to look upon the Spring Series as an opportunity for training and crew development before the season really swings into action. Most of the boats are still striving to establish a regular crew and that all important practice and time out on the water. Most of the sailors however thought that the weekend's sailing was a success and an opportunity to suss out the opposition.

Kevin Sproul, tactician on Game On, finished second in the Farr 40s. He said: "We had a good race even though we made a big mistake by going to a wrong mark and ending up on the wind when we should have been on a reach. We did well to correct ourselves and get back through the fleet to finish second." He added: "The focus at this stage is definitely on Heeley, and with a crew including Ian Percy, David Howlett and Lisa Charles, he has certainly set the benchmark for the rest of us. I think that if we hadn't have made the mistake we'd have been in with a chance of winning, we just need to get our crew sorted to be in with a better chance in the future."

Jeremy Robinson, from Sobstad Sails, was sailing in IRC Class 1 on a Beneteau 40.7 but was a little disappointed with his performance. "The weekend was pretty uneventful for us and we had a really long two-and-a-half hour race. The Farr 40s looked as though they had a bit on and I think the Spirit of July (Swan 60) missed a second mark and had to go back."

The Mumm 30s had a good weekend with Asterix winning and looking good for the rest of the season. Simon Russell sailing on Warp Factor 2 felt that they were struggling without having had enough practice. He said: "We were using the racing as training practice but came in during the second race as we felt we weren't really achieving anything," he added. "We have had problems finding a consistent crew with some of our guys having left to sail on the Farr 40s. The boats with the best results have been the boats with the most consistent crews who have had the most time out on the water."

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