Nick and Annie Haigh's Too Steamy
 

Nick and Annie Haigh's Too Steamy

Summery conditions

A report from the third and final day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge

Monday March 28th 2005, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
The third and final day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge was another beautiful warm and sunny day in the Solent with high pressure providing light and tricky conditions for the competitors to hone their skills for the season to come.

Although starts are important in any race, today was a day where the wind speed and direction was very variable, boats that could use these shifts in direction of the wind and strength to their advantage were the ones that came out on top.

Although many yachts use sophisticated equipment to analyse wind strength and direction, there is no replacement for the tactician and crew keeping their ‘heads out of the boat’ spotting yachts around them in breeze and avoiding the holes. A good start is important but in these conditions the front runners have few yachts to gauge the spots where the wind dies, yachts further back can see these more easily and avoid them.

Nick Haig, winner of IRM1 & 2 on Too Steamy commented: ”I have to say that the IRM fleet had lots of professionals racing. It was interesting to see the different boat speeds with all the Farr 45s together and the Farr 52s and ourselves with the other Farr 40 and the Kers." Co-owner and wife Annie Haig said: ”We have a fantastic team and it’s been a really good weekend, all the more so as it didn’t snow as it has done in previous years!”

Eddie Warden Owen, tactician on Colm Barrington’s Ker 39 Flying Glove said: “It’s very good to see Red Funnel sponsoring the event because it’s an excellent regatta to support. We chose to come to the regatta because it’s better competition than the guys will get in Ireland and we’re aiming to do the IRC Nationals which will also be in the Solent.”

Shirley Robertson OBE, tactician and helm on Patches-Team Tonic, winner of IRCSZ & Z commented: ”We came to the Red Funnel Regatta to practice for the TP52 that is being built to compete in this years RORC Admiral’s Cup. We just really wanted to get the crew together and start racing. A lot of the Irish guys haven’t sailed in a yacht of this size. It was good for us really as there were some tricky weather conditions and the competition with Bear of Britain, the other Farr 52 has flagged up some areas for us to work on. For us it was training and it was good to kick start the season. I haven’t actually sailed all winter and neither have many of the crew. I really enjoyed racing the Farr 52 as although I have done big boat sailing in the past, it was on the more cruisie type. Eamon Conneely has not been intimidated by the power of the Farr 52 even though he has never sailed anything over 35ft. I know he is really looking forward to getting the Transpac 52 Patches very soon.”



Kevin Sproul, helmsman on Peter Morton’s Mumm 30 Salvo (above), winners of IRC1 said: “The main event for us this season is the Mumm 30 Worlds and we highlighted this regatta as a training event for that. It’s early on in the season and it’s a good opportunity to get people out there and shake away the cobwebs of the winter. As we were the smallest boat in the class it was really hard for us to find clear lanes. The guys sailing on the boat have all sailed together on Peter’s previous boat a Bashford 36 but this is the first event we have done together on the Mumm 30. We got a lot out of the event in particular managing to ascertain what sails need to be replaced or changed."

Ex-RORC Commodore Peter Rutter won IRC2 with his Elan 37 Quokka. Peter commented: “This year’s Red Funnel event was the best racing we have done with boat since last year and we were particularly interested in improving our downwind trimming and used the expert skill of Jim Saltonstall out on the race course to improve this area.



Steve and Jody Maine’s X332 X-To-Sea (above) winners of IRC3 said: “We have virtually all new crew and the regatta does exactly what it says on the tin - it’s a tune up regatta. This is the fifth year that we have raced in the Red Funnel Easter Challenge. We see this as an occasion to bed in the new crew, the main event for us this year will be the IRC Nationals in June and the lessons we have learnt this weekend would have taken weeks to achieve.”

Once the fleet were safely docked in Cowes Yacht Haven, an overall prizegiving ceremony for the regatta was held at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. After a successful three-day regatta, the crews of the winning boats were presented with the customary Easter egg prizes.

Overall winners in all classes were then awarded etched glass tankards by the RORC and prizes from the regatta sponsors were presented by the Managing Director of Red Funnel Group Ltd, Tom Docherty and Commercial Director Colin Hetherington who commented: "We are delighted to be associated with this long-running regatta and support it as part of our on-going commitment to sailing. The regatta has been a great success and we hope it will provide an auspicious start to a new seasons racing.”

The Red Funnel Easter Challenge Prix d’Elegance Trophy will be awarded to Misha Mouratov’s Swan 45 Murka 2 at the RORC’s Annual Dinner in London in late November.

Results:

Pos Boat Type Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
IRM1 & 2
1 Too Steamy Farr 40 Nick & Annie Haigh 3 1 4 3 2 4 17
2 Atomic Farr 45 Peter Morton 2 3 1 8 7 1 22
3 Alice Mumm 36 Simon Henning 7 2 5 2 1 7 24
4 Rebel Farr 45 David Franks / Duncan Morris 2 5 2 8 3 5 25
5 Creative Play Farr 40 H20 Yachting 4 4 3 4 4 6 25
6 High Life Ker 11.3 Peter Rodgers / Roger Duckworth 5 6.5 7 2 5 3 28.5
7 Audacious Farr 45 David Wadsworth 8 6.5 6 8 6 2 36.5
IRC SZ & Z
1 Patches - Team Tonic Farr 52 Eamon Conneely 14 1 5 1 2 2 25
2 Flying Glove Ker 39 Colm Barrington 5 2 6 4.5 5 4 26.5
3 Bear of Britain Farr 52 Kit Hobday 4 4 2.5 14 1 3 28.5
4 Crackerjack Swan 45 Keith Miller 2 9 1 6 3 8 29
5 Fever Swan 45 Grant Gordon/Klaus Diederichs 1 6 8 6 4 6 31
6 Exabyte III IMX 45 Shaun Frohlich 3 7 5 7 8 12 42
7 Fidessa-Fastwave DK 46 Chris Brown/Peter Harding 8 10 4 14 6 1 43
8 Shockwave DK 46 Nick Lutte 9 5 10 8 7 5 44
9 Murka 2 Swan 45 Misha Mouratov 14 3 7 4.5 11 11 50.5
10 Eclipse Humphreys 12m Douglas & Clare Hassell 7 8 12 7 9 10 53
11 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Ian Maclean 9 12 9 9 13 9 61
12 Erivale DK 46 Mike Greville 10 11 11 13 10 7 62
13 Hooligan V Max Fun 35 Edward Broadway 13 13 13 13 12 13 77
IRC1
1 Salvo Mumm 30 Peter Morton 1 1 3 3 1 1 10
2 Mankie IMX 40 Jack Pringle 2 7 2 5 2 8 26
3 Longbow Prima 38 AOSC 9 4 4 5 3 9 34
4 Mostly Harmless Prima 38 Tom Hayhoe 10 10 7 4 6 4 41
5 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Jerry Otter 3 2 1 13 21 2 42
6 Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 7 6 12 2 5 12 44
7 White Magic Mumm 30 Allan Hogg 5 3 21 10 9 3 51
8 Playing Around First 40.7 Peter Robson 6 11 5 7 7 15 51
9 Serendip Prima 38 Paul King 8 15 9 6 8 6 52
10 Assassin J 39 Peter Jackson / Gary Shaffur 4 8 15 20 4 5 56
11 Euphorix First 40.7 Race Euphorix 11 12 10 11 11 7 62
12 Dragon of Hamble First 44.7 Gwilym Evans 14 9 6 15 10 13 67
13 Meta Baron IMX 40 Sean Hurst 15 5 8 14 14 17 73
14 Closing Time Prima 38 David Riley 12 21 11 8 12 10 74
15 Bornslippy 2 Prima 38 Julian Bates 13 13 16 18 16 11 87
16 Lynx Reflex 38 Anna Rockall 16.5 17 17 13 13 19 95.5
17 Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford 16.5 16 13 17 17 16 95.5
18 Puma Logic Reflex 38 Sailing Logic 18 14 14 19 18 14 97
19 In X Celsis X 119 Peter Jones 19 21 18 12 19 18 107
20 Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr 21 21 21 21 21 21 126
IRC2
1 Quokka Elan 37 Peter Rutter 1 2 5 2 1 6 17
2 Flair IV Elan 40 Nicola Macgregor 8 7 1 1 3 4 24
3 High Tension J 109 Graeme Brooks 4 1 2 7.5 13 7 34.5
4 Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 5 3 10 6 13 1 38
5 Malice HOD 35 Mike Moxley 9 8 6 4 5 12 44
6 Me'Julie J 109 Richard Purssell 2 20 3 9 9 3 46
7 Little Xtra III X 362 Peter Cross 13 5 7 3 17 2 47
8 Beth of Five Star J 109 Five Star Sailing 6 6 24 7.5 7 5 55.5
9 White Knight of Wessex Hod 35 James Neville 16 19 4 5 11 8 63
10 Jumunu J 109 Alistair Ray 7 4 8 11 24 9 63
11 Revolution XXI Evolution 32 Kevin Downer 10 9 13 10 16 15 73
12 Brightwork X 332 Bob & Jon Baker 11 16 14 16 9 14 80
13 Flying Boat Dehler 39 Stuart Duffin 12 24 9 12 7 17 81
14 White Cloud IX HOD 35 John Donnelly 14 14 15 15 20 11 89
15 Jugular J 109 John Pickles 3 24 12 17 24 10 90
16 Diablo J J 105 Gary Fry & Nick Martin 15 15 11 14 24 13 92
17 Xcalibar X 332 Maxwell Kenna 21 13 16 18 16 18 102
18 Cabaret DB 36 Michael Webster 19 17 24 13 14 16 103
19 Ilex Of Upnor X 332 Richard Williams 17 11 17 19.5 19 24 107.5
20 Zebedee Sunfast 37 Bill Howard 18 10 21 21 21 22 113
21 Dragonfly Too X 332 Mike Ridley 22 18 19 19.5 18 21 117.5
22 Fay-J J 105 Paul Griffiths 23 12 18 22 24 20 119
23 J-Dream J 105 David & Kirsty Apthorp 20 24 20 24 22 19 129
IRC3
1 X-To-Sea X 332 Steve & Jody Maine 1 1 5 6 3 1 17
2 Skywave Elan 333 Royal Signals YC 3 2 1 5 2 6 19
3 Sareema Westerly Fulmar Robert McLeod 2 5 3 2 4 5 21
4 Leo Lady Sigma 362 Graham Nixon 4 4 2 6 7 2 25
5 No Fear Sigma 38 Guy Prest 5 3 6 7 1 5 27
6 Fresh Herring Contessa 32 John Corden & Anne Merryweather 6 10 7 1 6 7 37
7 Warpaint Corby 25 Susan Kavanagh 7 6 8 8 5 8 42
8 Iskareen Sigma 33 David Stow 10 10 4 7 8 4 43
9 Magewind of Roke Maxi 1050 1st Charters Ltd 8 10 9 10 9 9 55

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