Southampton 2 hander

Simon Forbes reports on the Royal Southampton YC's first two handed race of the season

Monday April 14th 2003, Author: Simon Forbes, Location: United Kingdom
56 yachts entered the first race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Double-Handed series which was held on Sunday 12th April and saw an easterly breeze of up to 17 knots with sunshine breaking through towards the end of the race.

The Race Management Team set the Committee Boat near Seascope Buoy in the Central Solent. Racing was in two IRC Classes, one club-rated and a multihull class. The smaller boats were set a shorter course while the bigger IRC boats and the multihulls were set a beat to Marsh buoy off Lee on Solent.

The racing comprised legs of up to two and half miles and took the fleet as far west as Spanker buoy on the west side of the Bramble Bank.

The 20 boats in Class 1 IRC included seven J-Boats, a Mount Gay 30, a Mini Transat boat and a Grand Soleil 42. First to finish was Audacious, Paul Peggs water-ballasted Jeanneau 35 OD by one minute 18 seconds.

It was Matt Findlay’s Maxi 1100 Superted which won on corrected time by four minutes
from Simon Curwen’s J/105 Voador with third Audacious.

The 17 boats in Class 2 IRC handicap, which ranged from a Beneteau First 35.5 down to a ¼ tonner, saw James Yarrow’s Starlight 35 Dreamer take line honours by one minute 24 seconds from Ross Bateson’s First 31.7 Starspray.

On corrected time the winner was Chris Rustom’s Scampi, Garnele which won by three minutes from Kathy and Rupert Smalley’s The Flying Fish with Pat Stables’ Trapper 300 Google-Eye third.

The 11 boats in Class 3, Club-rated, ranged from a Bavaria 44 to a Sadler 29. First to finish was the Hunter 707 Dream of White Horses of Stefan Lloyd. On corrected time the winner was So!, the Nordic Folkboat of Simon Osgood. Second was Dream of White Horses with third Seven Stars a Legend 37.5 sailed by Richard Spinney and Paul Cooper.

The eight boats in the Multihull Class ranged from a Woods Banshee 35 catamaran to a Corsair F24 trimaran. Dragonfly 920 Zoum! was first to finish and took victory on corrected time by over ten minutes. Mike Wigmore’s Corsair F24 Trivia was second on corrected time with Ben Goodland’s Strider Kreuger third.

The Double Handed Series continues with the RSYC Weymouth Double on Friday 2nd May. The Spring series concludes on Sunday 27th April.

For details contact Cathy Crawley, Sailing Secretary, RSYC, Tel: 023 80
223352 or email

Class: 1 – IRC
1. Superted IV Maxi 1100 Matt Findlay
2. Voador J 105 Simon Curwen
3. Audacious JOD 35 Paul Peggs

Class: 2 – IRC
1. Garnele Scampi Chris Rustom
2. The Flying Fish Laser 28 Kathy & Rupert Smalley
3. Google-Eye Trapper 300 Pat Stables

Class: 3 – Club
1. So! Nordic Folkboat Simon Osgood
2. Dream of White Horses Hunter 707 Stefan Lloyd
3. Seven Stars Legend 37.5 Richard Spinney

Class: Multihulls
1. Zoum! Dragonfly 920 David McLeman
2. Trivia Corsair F24 Mike Wigmore
3. Kreuger Strider 24 Ben Goodland

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