8 protests outstanding

After a lively first day for the RORC's Red Funnel Easter regatta

Friday April 18th 2003, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
Collecting Easter egg prizes for third in IRC 1, crew member Charlie on Fastwave II’s, the First 40.7, summed up racing on day one of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge: "Gorgeous weather, good wind and a lot of fun on the water."

Like many of the other 81 boats out on the race track today in the Central Solent, he also said: "This is our first race of the year and we are just working it up and looking forward to a good offshore season and to taking part in the Rolex Fastnet later in the summer."

RORC Chief Race Officer, Jamie Wilkinson said: "We had lots of breeze out there today. We took the fleet up onto the Hill Head plateau to try to get over the tide otherwise it would have totally dominated the race. It still did to a significant extent, so the fleet had to be very aware of the tide. It wasn’t easy conditions as there were some quite big wind shifts. It was fairly dramatic with a definite wind bend. With the first race starting at 1400, it was a bit hectic trying to complete two races for all the classes and to get everyone back into the marina by 6pm for the debrief and prizegiving. All in all, I am very pleased with the courses set and with a very good day’s racing."

The races saw mostly clear starts and as confirmed in Jim Saltonstall’s post race debrief video footage, many boats in the fleet were perhaps a little too shy of the line. The running commentary procedure tried and tested during last year’s regatta was put into place again today by Jamie, who when asked about the reaction, commented: "One boat waited for me to tell them that they were on or approaching the line and then they backed off and got a perfect start. Most certainly listened and did respond, backing away and keeping themselves clean. Others just lined up and maybe weren’t listening. Some boats turn the commentary on and use it positively. The larger boats and the better boats seem to be listening more as opposed to the tailenders, who didn’t and one or two just misjudged it."

Glynn Williams, of the Swan 45 WISC, winners of IRC Super Zero and Zero (SZ and Z) said: "We have been doing the Warsash Spring Series so have been working the boat up a bit and trying to find the right pace and I think we saw a bit of that today. We didn’t have things quite right for the first race and between the races we changed the rig a little bit. These boats although they are Swan’s, perform very much like a Farr 40 and the IC45, which we also have one of. So the way that we set the boat is very similar to that. We tweaked up the rig a little bit and managed to move from a 2nd place in the first race to become a winner in the 2nd race. It was very good. We took part in the Red Funnel Easter Challenge back in 1995 or ’96 and we thought we would do so again because we have a new boat and we wanted to work it up and use it as an opportunity so.”

Fair Do’s skipper John Shepherd’s said: "We had a great day out there today. The Red Funnel regatta is a good event. Great fun and with a good bit of coaching. We enjoy the debrief and it shows us how bad we really are and occasionally that we do something right too!!"

Whilst writing, a total of eight protests are still taking place and the first day’s results will be clarified once all the hearings have been heard.

Provisional results

Pos Boat Type of Boat Owner Handicap Series Points R1 R2
IRM
1 Fair Do's V Ker 11.3 John Shepherd 1.048 4 3 1
2 GBR25 Farr 40 Mark Heeley 1.05 4 2 2
3 2XL Farr 40 David Murrin 1.045 5 1 4
4 Roaring Meg IRM 10.7 Tim Dixon & Jon Manly 1.025 7 4 3
5 Too Steamy Farr 40 Nick & Anne Haigh 1.045 12 5 7
6 Arbitrator Sydney 40 Steven Bailey 1.046 13 8 5
7 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn 1.048 13 7 6
8 No Respect One Design 35 Christopher & Hannah Neve 1.003 17 6 DNF11
9 Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford 0.982 18 10 8
10 Blue Belle Ker 11.3 Michael Cover 1.048 20 9 DNC11
IRC1
1 RoyalBlue Addict First 40.7 Ian Handley 1.073 2 1 1
2 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich 1.096 5 3 2
3 Fastwave II First 40.7 J C P Sailing 1.071 5 2 3
4 Longbow Prima 38 Army Sailing Association 1.087 12 8 4
5 Fiona VIII Prima 38 David Geaves 1.08 12 4 8
6 Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr 1.089 13 6 7
7 Salvo Sydney 36 Peter Morton 1.075 15 10 5
8 Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 1.095 16 5 11
9 Mostly Harmless Prima 38 Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling 1.089 16 7 9
10 Closing Time Prima 38 David Riley & Andrew Yates 1.089 17 11 6
11 Jalfrezi J120 Andrew Greenwood 1.08 22 9 13
12 Oz Privateer Prima 38 Donald Kennedy 1.089 22 12 10
13 In X Celsis X 119 Peter Jones 1.06 28 13 15
14 Ortac First 40.7 407 Racing 1.076 29 15 14
15 Shockwave First 40.7 Nick Lutte 1.073 32 DNC20 12
16 Marionette J 120 Chris Dunning 1.096 34 14 DNF20
17 Ingotism X 412 Bank of England Sailing Club 1.068 36 16 DNC20
18 Cutting Edge Mills 36 R Lutener / P James / M Elwood 1.076 40 DNF20 DNC20
18 White Knuckles Prima 38 Mike Ridley 1.086 40 DNF20 DNC20
IRC2
1 Kier Building with Flair Elan 40 Jim MacGregor 1.045 5 2 3
2 Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington 1.038 6 1 5
3 Alchemist X 362 Colin Baldwin & James Upton 1.03 9 8 1
4 Owl Humphreys 35 Peter Bruce 1.04 9 3 6
5 Gisele of Course First 36.7 Philippe Bourgeois 1.023 10 6 4
6 Exotic X 332 Mike Brand & David Elderfield 1 15 13 2
7 Bump in the Night First 40.7 Duncan Morris 1.03 17 9 8
8 X-ToSea X 332 Maine & Windmiller 0.992 20 10 10
9 Dragonfly Too X 332 Armando D'Amico 1 26 11 15
10 White Knight of Wessex HOD 35 James Neville 1.036 26 14 12
11 Malice HOD 35 Michael Moxley 1.039 27 16 11
12 Beth of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 1.014 28 12 16
13 Aztec Mills 30 Malcolm Goodall 1.023 30 23 7
14 Billy Whiz Sigma 38 Ivan Fawcett 0.995 30 21 9
15 Comedy of Errors HOD 35 Alan Wardrop 1.042 31 18 13
16 Jos of Hamble J 105 Roger Williams 1.016 31 17 14
17 Scarlett O'Hara Sunfast 37 David Rider 0.994 34 15 19
18 Peanut X 332 Jonathan Butler 0.996 36 4 DNF32
19 Gauntlet of Tamar Sigma 38 Royal Naval Sailing Association 0.995 36 19 17
20 Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield 1.04 37 5 OCS32
21 Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 1.048 39 7 OCS32
22 Dragonfly of Bosham Sigma 38 Paul Griffiths 0.995 40 22 18
23 Supernatural Sigma 38 D Brocklebank / G Coull / D Cahill 0.995 45 25 20
24 Flame Sweden 38 Martin Fordham 1.004 48 27 21
25 Bellerophon of Wight Sigma 38 Amanda Bradbeer 0.995 48 26 22
26 Sister Bendy First 36.7 Richard Willetts 1.032 52 20 DNF32
27 Vitesse Sigma 38 Simcox / Taunt / England 0.995 56 24 DNF32
28 Panache Elan 333 Jim MacGregor 0.992 64 DNC32 DNF32
28 Hot Doris Mount Gay 30 Dominic Hurndall 1.041 64 DNF32 DNC32
28 Halcyon Sea Sun Odyssey 40 Diego Frangi 1.008 64 DNF32 DNC32
28 Mogibear X 402 Gary Richardson 1.043 64 DNC32 DNF32
IRC3
1 Electra X 99 Mike Tattersall 0.988 3 1 2
2 Software Mistress Sigma 362 Ian Maclean 0.958 4 3 1
3 Penultima Sunfast 32 Stuart Broughton 0.954 8 5 3
4 Sareema Fulmar Robert McLeod 0.899 9 2 7
5 Excalibur Tamara 30 Mike & June Tong 0.932 9 4 5
6 Evelyn R Elan 333 Jon Yorke & Rory Carter 0.987 10 6 4
7 Leo Lady Sigma 362 Graham Nixon 0.967 15 9 6
8 Drakes Drum Corby 25 Terry Rowe 0.92 17 7 10
9 Cas Dehler 34 Philippe Falle 0.937 18.5 10.5 8
10 Saponetta Sunfast 32 Luca Rubinelli 0.952 19.5 10.5 9
11 Wavelength Sigma 33 Andrew Glasgow 0.928 22 8 DNF14
12 Helena Sun Odyssey 34 Andrew Pickersgill 0.924 28 DNF14 DNC14
12 Redshift J 80 Edward Fishwick 0.972 28 DNC14 DNC14
IRC SZ and Z
1 Wisc Swan 45 Glynn Williams 1.188 3 2 1
2 Bear of Britain Farr 52 K Hobday / T Louis 1.318 5 1 4
3 Kirribilli First 47.7 Doug & Lynne Flynn 1.139 6 3 3
4 Chernikeeff IMS 50 Marc Fitzgerald 1.254 7 5 2
5 Alvine XIII Swan 45 Harry Evans 1.192 9 4 5
6 Wings of the Wind J - 125 Andrew McIrvine 1.188 12 6 6
7 McFly Swan 45 Tony Mack 1.192 18 DNF9 DNC9
7 Minx Corby 41.5 Andrew Ritchie 1.172 18 DNF9 DNF9

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