Spring series reaches 180

An update to Warsash's series starting this Sunday

Wednesday March 9th 2005, Author: Flavia Bateson, Location: United Kingdom
There are just a few days to go to the start of the Solent's premier early season event for keelboats when the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series gets underway on Sunday 13 March. Entries show an increase on last year at a current total of 180. This includes 100 in Black Group IRC and one design, 23 Hunter 707s and 18 Laser SB3s, with separate 1720, J80 and mixed sportsboat classes. A number of Mumm 30s will also be out practising for Admiral's Cup selection.

A trio of elegant Swans will be gracing Black Group with Lutine (Swan 53), Marinero (Swan 46) and Junkaroo (Swan 44) all entered. Hamble River Winter Series winner Peter Rutter is back to try his luck again in the Elan 37 Quokka while Eurof Phillips, a Spring Series class winner last year, returns with a new boat Great Scott III (Elan 333). Rob Goddard will also be competing in his Farr 40 Farrfalina and Nick Lutte in the DK46
Shockwave. In the sportsboat White Group, along with the healthy turn out of one-designs and, this year in a class of their own, the J/80s, there will be two new Backman 21s, one being campaigned by Hans Backman.

As some racing marks have changed names, sponsors Raymarine are providing every entry with a new 'Check Chart' but one alteration came too late for inclusion and competitors are reminded that Marsh buoy is now called Burges Salmon.

All competitors are very welcome at Warsash Sailing Club's riverside base at Shore House, near the entrance to the River Hamble, where breakfast and lunch is available. Fast on-screen results can be viewed in the events bar and for early arrivers there's a supply of free beer or lager courtesy of Raymarine. For all weekly class winners present in the clubhouse there's also a bottle of Mumm champagne.

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