Catching up on races

Warsash Spring Series organisers look put extra races on to make up deficit

Tuesday March 23rd 2004, Author: Flavia Bateson, Location: United Kingdom
Having lost the first race of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series due to gales, the pressure was on to get racing underway for the second week, 21st March 2004. A succession of lows had swept southern England during the intervening days but the forecast for Sunday showed a reduction to Force 6-8. As the race committee met early that morning, a 30 knot westerly meant the sportsboat fleet would be kept ashore but the committee boats nonetheless ventured out to test conditions in the Solent with the possibility of running Blue Group, accompanied by some 60 boats in the remaining fleet.

Conditions at Navigators and General buoy were untenable so the race committee checked locations closer to Southampton Water with a view to setting up the beat to Royal Thames buoy. For a short time, sea conditions eased but then the breeze returned in full force and racing was reluctantly abandoned for the day.

Warsash Sailing Club now aims to retrieve the lost races, starting with week 3 on 28th March. White Group will start up to three races each Sunday, whilst Blue Group plans include a second race for three classes each week. This will vary the starting sequence on weeks 4 and 6, with those involved in a second race using the first three starts of the day. Full details in Amendment to Sailing Instructions No 4 are available on

With the long term forecast for next weekend looking more settled, competitors and race officers alike will be hoping this proves true.

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