It hits the fan for Ship 4 Brains!
Only two races were completed on Saturday but within those few hours there was a near sinking, three dismastings and enough broaches to fill the display window of a Bond Street jeweller. The day started quietly. Random safety inspections had found a few minor transgressions amongst the boats and these were penalised by having a place penalty on their finishing positions in each race.
Once afloat a good stiff southwesterly breeze and a typical short Solent chop greeted the competitors. With a forecast of increasing winds during the day P.R.O. Tony Lovell set a starting line off the Hill Head shore. Most of the fleet coped well with the conditions, the beats were bearable, the reaches furious and the gybes frenetic. It was on the last second downwind leg that the first dismasting occurred. At the front of the fleet Volvo CEO Glenn Bourke helming Musto had established a solid lead from Simon Blake on Sworded Fish and Geoff Carveth with Palava.
A collision during the starting sequence of the second race caused a further postponement. Ian Hunt's Ship 4 Brains suffered major structural damage and with the help of the support boats and the RNLI was put ashore at Lee-on-Solent and returned to Hamble by road. By the time the race did start the wind was starting to build and with the tide turned the waves were becoming distinctly unfriendly. Glenn Bourke again seemed impervious to the conditions and quickly gained a commanding lead. Behind him the next few boats, including Russell Peters, Craig Burlton, Jerry Hill, Daniel Geoghegan and Geoff Carveth, were also enjoying the ride. For many of the others each gybe seem to be a trip into the unknown, very few managed it without a broach of some sort and a third of the fleet decided to seek the comfort of the clubhouse. With gusts of 30 kts being recorded on the Committee boat it was time to call it a day and hope that more moderate conditions on Sunday would allow extra races to be sailed.
Overnight the weather pattern changed completely and Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny with clear blue skies, and no wind. By 11:45 Tony Lovell had found enough southerly breeze off the Meon shore to set a course and the fleet started cleanly.
By the top mark Russell Peters held a small lead over the rest of the front-runners. The main priority on the run back was to keep clean air and sail the angles correctly. Peters went to the starboard hand gate buoy and everyone followed him. The resultant bunching left many boats at a distinct disadvantage starting the beat back. Duncan Pryde sailing 3-some spotted the problem and went to the port hand gate, got clean air and a lee-bow tide and went from the 30s to 15th at the top mark.
On the second lap the wind, such as it was started to fade, and, as always, those in front extended their lead. Overnight leader, Glenn Bourke, chipped away at those in front and finished fifth - but some distance behind Peters. Very frustratingly many boats did not manage to beat the time limit as they struggled to find any movement at all. At 13:10 with no sign of any breeze anywhere in the central Solent all racing was abandoned for the day. Glenn Bourke's fifth place was enough to secure him the overall win ahead of Russell Peters.
The next round of the Touareg Grand Prix series is at Seaview on the Isle of Wight in a fortnight's time.
More pictures on the following page..
|3||3 Sad Old Blokes||Jerry Hill||11||4||2||17|
|4||Champagne Blonde||Daniel Geoghegan||5||5||8||18|
|5||Team Touareg||Craig Burlton||10||3||7||20|
|7||Virtual Human Resources||Danny Brooks||14||8||3||25|
|8||Badger Racing||Paul Lovejoy||RDG(5)||RDG(9)||14||28|
|9||Rumble Flurg||David Cummins||25||10||4||39|
|14||Finitor 7||Stewart Reed & John Mawdsley||22||16||18||56|
|15||Stripped Bare||Tom Vernon||28||30||6||64|
|16||Dirty Harry||Charles Whelan||20||28||21||69|
|17||The Baron||Edward Wheldon||29||22||20||71|
|17||Cheeky Monkey||Ian Sullivan||15||31||25||71|
|19||Grey Matter||Chris Gillard||36||19||28||83|
|21||PamBere||Nick Jones & Ian Harrison||45||18||26||89|
|23||Baloo - Team Driving Logic||John Outhwaite||13||21||DNF||99|
|24||Royal Thames Lucky Lady||James Fox||23||14||DNF||102|
|24||Squat Thrust||James Struth||26||11||DNF||102|
|26||Millgate Homes||Ann Jackson||31||17||DNF||113|
|28||Sybarite||D. Akers-Douglas & J. Wardle||17||41||DNF||123|
|29||Airtight||Ian Watts & Martin Bowmer||32||DNC||27||124|
|31||Sail Navy||Joe Henry||RDG(36)||RDG(26)||DNF||127|
|32||Flamin Galah||Jonno Brech||40||23||DNF||128|
|33||ASBO||Richard Purssell & Dave Robinson||24||40||DNF||129|
|34||Sworded Fish||Simon Blake||2||DNC||DNF||132|
|35||Hooligan||Gray, Jackson & Hawkins||35||33||DNF||133|
|37||Scoundrel The T'rd||Peter Smithin||27||42||DNC||134|
|38||3 Fat Lads||Martin Wadsworth||43||27||DNF||135|
|39||Shaun Beaver||Tim & Sue Fells||6||DNC||DNC||136|
|40||Ship 4 Brains||Ian Hunt||8||DNC||DNF||138|
|41||Black 'n' Blue||Marshall King||DNC||DNC||9||139|
|44||Risk Premium||Mark Rushall||DNC||DNC||11||141|
|44||Bear Behind||Andy Heather||RDG(49)||RDG(27)||DNF||141|
|46||Black Pig||Jason Pyke & Pauline McCracken||DNC||DNC||12||142|
|50||Trunk Monkey||Mike Cooper||DNC||DNC||23||153|
|51||Trio||Gary Baker & Nick Bashford||DNC||34||DNF||164|
|53||Heart of Gold||Natalie Jobling||DNC||38||DNF||168|
|53||Eau No||Mark Stokes||38||DNC||DNF||168|
|55||Red Kite||Roger Harford||DNC||DNC||DNF||195|
|55||Camel Pie||Mark Cam & Fiona Frankling||DNC||DNC||DNF||195|
|55||Gill Racing Snake||Mark Reddington||DNC||DNC||DNC||195|
|55||Norfolk and Chance||Kepple Stratton-Brown||DNC||DNC||DNC||195|
|55||Bish Bash Bosh||Roger Hexton||DNC||DNC||DNF||195|
|55||Whizz Bang||Nick Wright||DNC||DNC||DNF||195|
|55||Powder Monkey||Ian Poynton||DNC||DNC||DNF||195|
|55||La Dolce Vita||Stephen Dyer||DNC||DNC||DNC||195|