Action from one of the Big Boat weekends

Action from one of the Big Boat weekends

16th March

Mark the date for the start of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series

Wednesday February 13th 2008, Author: Flavia Bateson, Location: United Kingdom
The Solent’s premier early season racing series gets underway on Sunday 16th March. The Notice of Race and entry form are available online and entries are welcome and there are savings to be made before 22nd February 2008.

The Raymarine Warsash Spring Series dates are 16th and 30th March; 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th April. There will also be the Spring Championships, with multiple races over two weekends. For White Group classes these will be on 19th/20th ad 26th/27th April. The quarter ton class will also be racing.

The “Big Boat” weekends on 5th/6th April and 19th/20th April comprise three classes: 45 footers , boats with IRC rating over 1.090 and First 40.7s. The RYA will be using the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series as a trial event for selecting teams for this year’s Rolex Commodore’s Cup.

White Group will have two separate start lines and courses this year so that the SB3s will be separate from the Hunter 707s, J/80s and SBR sportsboats. Black Group comprises four IRC classes plus J/105s and J/109s racing as one designs.

After racing there'll be the usual warm welcome at Warsash Sailing Club, for fast, on-screen results. Series sponsors Raymarine will also be presenting the weekly class winners with Champagne Mumm.

2008 marks the Silver Jubilee of the event. In spring 1984 the Sailing Committee of Warsash Sailing Club, under the chairmanship of David Laskey, introduced a six race open series for the Warsash Salver, run on the six weekends prior to Easter. From the start it attracted a good entry and was renamed Warsash Spring Series in 1987. At that time the yacht designs of choice were Nicholson 303 and Sigma 33. One of the early Chief Race Officers was David Thomas, whose own Sigma 33 Circe was often a winner.

Online entries can be made via the website or contact:
Warsash Sailing Club, Shore Road, Warsash SO31 9FS, telephone 01489 583575, email

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