Whilst the first two Black Group classes started successfully, a wind shift caused major rejigging of the courses following and this set the pattern for the rest of the day. IRC1 saw the new TP52 Panthera making an exciting start on port, successfully weaving through the starboard tack 45s at speed. She was the fastest boat round the course but on corrected time Stewart Hawthorn’s J-133 Jump came out on top which moves him up to second place in the series, behind Shaun Frohlich’s Farr 45 Exabyte 4. In IRC2 the luck of the Irish transferred from Aintree to the Solent with two IRL sail numbers leading the pack round the windward mark, but this good fortune was not to last. Jochem Visser helming the X-35 Cool Runnings was in hot pursuit and when the boats ahead retired, the way was clear to take both line and class honours.
Going into the race this week, Flair IV and Quokka had identical score lines in IRC3 but by the top mark, it was Russell Hodgson’s Dehler 36 Veneziani Deliverance that had a small lead over these two with Chris and Hannah Neve’s First 34.7 No Doubt also in the group. On the reach across to Flying Fish buoy, they were joined by another Dehler 36 eye2eye and this section of the class broke away from the rest. Quokka and Flair IV then engaged each other in a private duel and hence posted their worst scores of the series, but leaving no change in the overall positions. Again, everything will be decided on the final day.
At the entrance to Southampton Water, the racing area for the sportboats, shifting winds made life equally difficult for the race officers. Simon Blake in Swordedfish managed to win both 1720 races and improved his overall place. Messrs Thrower, Duniam and Mitchell, sailing their Backman 21 Quarter Back, were joined this week by sistership Back Beat owned by Richard Scarff, but it was the more experienced team which won the day and now have an unassailable lead in the mixed sportsboat class.
Greatest entertainment came from the Laser SB3s. The morning race suffered only one general recall but wind shifts in the early part of the race dealt harsh blows to many of the favourites. At the front of the fleet, Mark Richards’ Rigging Gurus was unfazed by the vagaries of the weather and built a good lead to the finish. The second race was laden with problems and as this also counted towards results in the Spring Championships, where discards are not allowed, the race team was reluctant to use the Black Flag Rule. Eventually the fleet got away at the fourth attempt with Daniel Geoghegan in Another Naked Blonde the clear winner.
The Raymarine Warsash Spring Series regathers after a break for Easter. The weekend of 22nd/23rd April will be a busy one for the Club with both the Big Boat Series and Spring Championships continuing on Saturday as well as the sixth and final Series race on Sunday.
Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Provisional Results Sunday 9th April (Week 5)
More pictures on Page Two.
|IRC2||Cool Runnings||X-35||Thorkild Juncker & Jochem Visser|
|IRC3||No Doubt||First 34.7||Chris & Hannah Neve|
|IRC4||Great Scott III||Elan 333||Eurof & Barbara Philips|
|IRC5||Shadowfax||Sigma 33||Andrew Johns|
|Bowsprit||Java||J-105||Paul & Marie-Claude Heys|
|J109||Jahmali||Mike & Sarah Wallis|
|Sigma 38||Festina Lente||Meakins family|
|Hunter 707||Race 1||3 Little Pigs||Russell Morgan & Nick Matthews|
|Race 2||Sword||Simon Law & Christopher Eddy|
|Cork 1720||Race 1||Swordedfish||Simon Blake|
|Race 2||Swordedfish||Simon Blake|
|Laser SB3||Race 1||Rigging Gurus||Mark Richards|
|Race 2||Another Naked Blonde||Daniel Geoghegan|
|J80||Race 1||Just Savage||Liz Savage|
|Race 2||Nemo||Peter Henney|
|Sportsboats||Race 1||Quarter Back||Backman 21||Messrs Thrower, Duniam & Mitchell|
|Race 2||Quarter Back||Backman 21||Messrs Thrower, Duniam & Mitchell|