Gale force conditions

A lively start to the Hamble Winter Series

Tuesday October 15th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Sunday saw the start of the traditional masochistic end of season series for Solent-based yachts, get under way.

For the first round of the Tyco Healthcare Hamble Winter Series a light 10 knot easterly was rapidly replaced by a howling south easterly gale, which had travelled up from the Around Alone competitors wisely still tied to the dock in Brixham.

The race committee raced the smaller classes such as the sportsboats and 1720s only once, instead of the scheduled two races as the building breeze made proceedings increasingly difficult.

Of 178 starters on the day, 130 managed to finish. Damage across the fleets was widespread with a IRC 1 boat losing it's rig up the second beat. For those who could get enough people behind the helmsman some great downwind sailing was experienced. Bounder the IC45 and one of the seven boats racing in the IRM class notched up 19.8 knots on one hairy run.

Eight races make up the series, with six races to count. For many yachts, Sunday will be their first discard.

Results

IRM
Race 1
1. El Gringo
2. Too Steamy
3. Blue Belle
Race 2
1. 2XL
2. El Gringo
3. CadhireUK Farrfalina

Mumm 30
1. Highlander III
2. Warp Factor VI
3. Bite the Bullet

Sportsboat
1. Harken Easy Tiger
2. Wee Jamarama
3. Lasersailing.com

Hunter 707
1. Black Sheep
2. Pocket Battleship
3. Swallow

1720
1. Yachts and Yachting
2. STBD
3. Running Guns

Bowsprit
1. Jet
2. Judgement Day
3. Jos of Hamble

IRC0
1. Kirribilli
2. Thunder 2
3. Chernikeeff

IRC1
1. Exabyte 2
2. Firestorm
3. Kier builds with flair

IRC2
1. Great Scott 2
2. Wavrider
3. Extra Djinn

IRC3
1. Dick Dastardly
2. Hobby Horse
3. Panache

IRC4
1. Olivia Ann VI
2. Funtasctic 2
3. Murphy’s Law
Sigma 33
1. Jupa
2. Scaramouche
3. Prospero of Hamble

Sigma 38
1. Light
2. Highland Spirit
3. Alliance

X332
1. X-Therapist
2. Peanut
3. Carabistouilles 2

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