Whilst the sun shone on Saturday morning racing was postponed to allow the sea breeze to settle and the first race of the day was eventually started in a variable and shifting airs if about 4 to 10 knots from a south/south westerly direction. The topography of the island makes the racing here very demanding tactically but Race 1 was won convincingly by Mike Wallis in Juneau, who took the championship title in 2001.
Paul Brotherton in J-UK took line honours in Race 2, but this race was eventually voided by the Committee after a protest from Magi, as the Committee Boat was not flying a blue flag to notify the finishing line. J-UK went on to win Races 3 and 4 with Mark Francke and Colin Simmonds, the runners up from last year taking second in each. Stephen Brookes in Jump the Gun sailed consistently throughout Saturday and Jos of Hamble sailed by Professor Roger Williams (with tactical input from Adam Gosling) showed blistering upwind pace at times. The day was not without it's excitement as Karen Gabriel of Moontiger could testify later in the bar having taken a surprise swim from the bow!
Sunday saw 10 to 17 knots from the same direction and two further races were completed. In Race 5 Magi took line honours with Stephen Brooks' Jump the Gun hot on their transom in second. Magi took the bullet in the final race of the weekend, with the 2nd and 3rd places being hotly contested between Jump The Gun and Juneau, with Juneau eventually securing the silver podium position.
At the end of a weekend of challenging racing, Mark Francke and Colin Simmonds took the Championship title from J-UK in second and Stephen Brookes' Jump The Gun in third place. The 2003 J/105 National Championships will be held as part of a bigger event 'The J Cup', the dates of which will be announced at a later stage.
1ST Magi Mark Francke & Colin Simmonds
2nd J-UK Paul and Marie-Claude Heys
3rd Jump The Gun Stephen Brookes
4th Juneau Mike Wallis
5th Jos of Hamble Professor Roger Williams