Men overboard

An incident-filled day on the Solent during day two of the Red Funnell Easter Regatta

Saturday April 19th 2003, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
Strong north easterly winds gusting up to 30knots severely tested both crews and gear on day two of the Red Funnel Easter Regatta. The tough conditions out on the water caused the 5th and final race to be cancelled.

Casualties to boats included two broken masts and a boom, as well as several breakages and lots of damage to sails. The rough conditions took their toll as a total of six people went overboard during the racing in the afternoon. Andrew McIrvine of the J-125 Wings of the Wind commented: "We were just 10 yards from the finish, close racing with another boat. The guys on the rail decided to put an extra lean out when the wire pulled out of the swagged fitting on the middle lifeline. Suddenly there was nothing supporting them and four crew fell into the water. Two managed to clamber back on and two drifted off. Luckily their lifejackets worked but we then had problems in taking the sails down with not many crew. The main halyard was in a knot so the jib wouldn't come down and the Swan 45 WISC picked up the two crew and a RIB transferred them back to the boat. They are all okay and everyone is happy". Wings of the Wind are now busy replacing all the linelines!

Two other incidents occurred today: During the course of a gybe, a crew member aboard Exotic, the X332 also went overboard. She was in the water for several minutes before she was spotted by the French boat Giselle of Course. Philippe Bourgeois and Pierrick Bellet helped to keep her afloat, holding onto her lifejacket and she was eventually pulled on board a rescue boat and has been taken to hospital in Newport suffering from shock and cold. On the Army Sailing Association's Prima 38, Longbow, a man was lost overboard in race four but again was retrieved swiftly, with the boat retired shortly after.

For those who were more fortunate, the conditions of the day provided some good close racing. Fair Do's V, the Ker 11.3 continued to race well, taking second place in race 3 and winning race 4 and the IRM class today. They were followed by two Farr 40s: in 2nd place Mark Heeley's GBR25 and by last year's Red Funnel Easter Challenge IRM1 winners Too Steamy, sailed by Nick and Anne Haigh, who having moved up two places and are trying hard to defend their 2002 title.

Kit Hobday's Farr 52 Bear of Britain also had a good day on the race course. They won both races, taking them to the top of the IRC Super Zero and Zero table. They will be part of The Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR) team taking part in the Admiral's Cup in July.

Yesterday's winner in this class, Glynn Williams on WISC managed two consecutive 3rd places but came 2nd overall in class ahead of Chernikeef and Alvine XIII.

Among the IRC classes, in IRC1 Exabyte 2, the IMX40 gained a lead over Ian Handley's Royal Blue Addict, the First 40.7, with Fastwave II, another First 40.7 and winners of the Red Funnel Prix d'Elegance Trophy last year, staying in third position ahead of the Prima 38 Kylidh.

The IRC Class 2 lead was held by Jim MacGregor's Kier Building with Flair once again today, with a win in the final race keeping them one series point ahead of Tim Harrington's HOD 35 Capitali$m. Peter Bruce's Humphrey's 35, Owl also gained places, with a third in her class ahead of Duncan Morris's First 40.7 Bump in the Night, winners of IRC2 in 2002.

IRC3 has a new leader after two races today, Stuart Broughton's Sunfast 32, Penultima. Sareema, Robert McLeod's Fulmar came up to second place overall in class after taking second in race 4 behind Penultima. Excalibur, Mike and June Tong's Tamara 30 also raced well in race 3 with a second place position and taking them to third overall in IRC 3, although they retired from the last race of the day.

Once back in the safety of the marina, another packed to capacity post race debrief was held by Jim Saltonstall and Barry Dunning, followed by the day's prizegiving ceremony. After a much needed drink, the exhausted crews exchanged tales of their day's racing and looked ahead to another exciting day out on the water on the final day - Easter Sunday, before enjoying a special BBQ laid on as part of the social programme of the regatta, held at Cowes Yacht Haven.


Pos Boat Type of Boat Owner Handicap Total R1 R2 R3 R4
IRM
1 Fair Do's V Ker 11.3 John Shepherd 1.048 7 3 1 2 1
2 GBR25 Farr 40 Mark Heeley 1.05 16 2 2 1 DNF11
3 Too Steamy Farr 40 Nick & Anne Haigh 1.045 18 5 7 3 3
4 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn 1.048 20 7 6 5 2
5 Roaring Meg IRM 10.7 Tim Dixon & Jon Manly 1.025 22 4 3 4 DNC11
6 2XL Farr 40 David Murrin 1.045 27 1 4 DNF11 DNC11
7 Blue Belle Ker 11.3 Michael Cover 1.048 30 9 DNC11 6 4
8 Arbitrator Sydney 40 Steven Bailey 1.046 35 8 5 DNF11 DNC11
9 No Respect One Design 35 Christopher & Hannah Neve 1.003 39 6 DNF11 DNC11 DNC11
10 Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford 0.982 40 10 8 DNF11 DNC11
IRC1
1 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich 1.096 8 3 2 2 1
2 RoyalBlue Addict First 40.7 Ian Handley 1.073 9 1 1 3 4
3 Fastwave II First 40.7 J C P Sailing 1.071 11 2 3 4 2
4 Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr 1.089 28 6 7 8 ZFG7
5 Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 1.095 30 5 10 6 ZFG9
6 Fiona VIII Prima 38 David Geaves 1.08 33 4 8 1 DNF20
7 Longbow Prima 38 Army Sailing Association 1.087 37 8 4 5 DNF20
8 Salvo Sydney 36 Peter Morton 1.075 42 10 5 7 DNC20
9 Closing Time Prima 38 David Riley & Andrew Yates 1.089 46 11 6 9 DNF20
10 Ingotism X 412 Bank of England Sailing Club 1.068 55 16 DNC20 13 6
11 Mostly Harmless Prima 38 Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling 1.089 58.5 7 DSQ21 10.5 DNC20
12 Ortac First 40.7 407 Racing 1.076 60 15 13 12 DNC20
13 Oz Privateer Prima 38 Donald Kennedy 1.089 61 12 9 DNC20 DNC20
14 Jalfrezi J120 Andrew Greenwood 1.08 61 9 12 DNF20 DNC20
15 Marionette J 120 Chris Dunning 1.096 64.5 14 DNF20 10.5 DNC20
16 In X Celsis X 119 Peter Jones 1.06 67 13 14 DNC20 DNC20
17 Shockwave First 40.7 Nick Lutte 1.073 71 DNC20 11 DNC20 DNC20
18 Cutting Edge Mills 36 R Lutener / P James / M Elwood 1.076 80 DNF20 DNC20 DNF20 DNC20
18 White Knuckles Prima 38 Mike Ridley 1.086 80 DNF20 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20
IRC2
1 Kier Building with Flair Elan 40 Jim MacGregor 1.045 11 2 3 5 1
2 Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington 1.038 17 1 5 2 ZFG9
3 Owl Humphreys 35 Peter Bruce 1.04 33 3 6 18 6
4 Bump in the Night First 40.7 Duncan Morris 1.03 39 9 9 13 8
5 Beth of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 1.014 41 12 16 9 4
6 Malice HOD 35 Michael Moxley 1.039 43 16 12 10 5
7 Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 1.048 44 7 OCS32 3 2
8 White Knight of Wessex HOD 35 James Neville 1.036 47 14 13 11 9
9 Alchemist X 362 Colin Baldwin & James Upton 1.03 48 8 1 7 DNC32
10 Exotic X 332 Mike Brand & David Elderfield 1 51 13 2 4 DNF32
11 Peanut X 332 Jonathan Butler 0.996 51 4 DNF32 8 7
12 Gisele of Course First 36.7 Philippe Bourgeois 1.023 54 6 4 12 DNF32
13 Dragonfly Too X 332 Armando D'Amico 1 56 11 7 6 DNF32
14 Billy Whiz Sigma 38 Ivan Fawcett 0.995 57 21 10 16 10
15 X-ToSea X 332 Maine & Windmiller 0.992 67 10 11 14 DNC32
16 Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield 1.04 70 5 OCS32 1 DNF32
17 Bellerophon of Wight Sigma 38 Amanda Bradbeer 0.995 81 26 22 21 12
18 Flame Sweden 38 Martin Fordham 1.004 81 27 21 20 13
19 Gauntlet of Tamar Sigma 38 Royal Naval Sailing Association 0.995 83 19 17 15 DNC32
20 Dragonfly of Bosham Sigma 38 Paul Griffiths 0.995 91 22 18 19 DNC32
21 Panache Elan 333 Jim MacGregor 0.992 92 DNC32 DNF32 17 11
22 Aztec Mills 30 Malcolm Goodall 1.023 95 23 8 DNF32 DNC32
23 Comedy of Errors HOD 35 Alan Wardrop 1.042 96 18 14 DNC32 DNC32
24 Jos of Hamble J 105 Roger Williams 1.016 96 17 15 DNF32 DNC32
25 Scarlett O'Hara Sunfast 37 David Rider 0.994 98 15 19 DNF32 DNC32
26 Supernatural Sigma 38 D Brocklebank / G Coull / D Cahill 0.995 109 25 20 DNF32 DNC32
27 Sister Bendy First 36.7 Richard Willetts 1.032 116 20 DNF32 DNF32 DNC32
28 Vitesse Sigma 38 Simcox / Taunt / England 0.995 120 24 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32
29 Hot Doris Mount Gay 30 Dominic Hurndall 1.041 128 DNF32 DNC32 DNF32 DNC32
29 Halcyon Sea Sun Odyssey 40 Diego Frangi 1.008 128 DNF32 DNC32 DNF32 DNC32
29 Mogibear X 402 Gary Richardson 1.043 128 DNC32 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32
I RC SZ and Z
1 Bear of Britain Farr 52 K Hobday / T Louis 1.318 7 1 4 1 1
2 Wisc Swan 45 Glynn Williams 1.188 9 2 1 3 3
3 Chernikeeff IMS 50 Marc Fitzgerald 1.254 11 5 2 2 2
4 Alvine XIII Swan 45 Harry Evans 1.192 23 4 5 5 DNC9
5 Kirribilli First 47.7 Doug & Lynne Flynn 1.139 24 3 3 DNF9 DNC9
6 Wings of the Wind J - 125 Andrew McIrvine 1.188 30 6 6 DNF9 DNC9
7 Minx Corby 41.5 Andrew Ritchie 1.172 31 DNF9 DNF9 4 DNF9
8 McFly Swan 45 Tony Mack 1.192 36 DNF9 DNC9 DNF9 DNC9

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