Deuce, owned by Mr and Mrs M Gee of Lymington, chasing Shockwave, owned by Nick Lutte, in the IRC Division 2 class of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series on April 13th. Shockwave held on to take fifth place ahead of Deuce in sixth.
 

Deuce, owned by Mr and Mrs M Gee of Lymington, chasing Shockwave, owned by Nick Lutte, in the IRC Division 2 class of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series on April 13th. Shockwave held on to take fifth place ahead of Deuce in sixth.

Spring conditions

Mike Dobb-Noble reports on this weekend's action at the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series PLUS full results

Tuesday April 15th 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: United Kingdom
Several shredded spinnakers, a few broaches and one lost rig marked a return to more normal spring sailing conditions for competitors in the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series in the central Solent on Sunday, 13 April.

As in the previous four weeks the wind was from the east but started at 15 knots and then rose to 20 knots for most of the day and dropped back to 10 knots. Because of the conditions the Warsash Sailing Club Committee hoisted flag X requiring crews to wear life jackets, which had to be visible to other boats. One boat risks losing a podium finish after failing to comply. Scrutineers also found the boat had out of date flares.

Sunday's racing also combined with the spring championships, which were sailed on Saturday, 12 April as well as Sunday 13 April. Many classes packed in four races on each of the days. It will be the same pattern for the final weekend on 26 and 27 April after the break for Easter.

With the wind from the east principal race office David Greenway set a course towards the Ryde Middle Bank with a 3.5 mile beat. The first start for the IRM performance yachts was a general recall as a critical windshift pushed most of the fleet over the line. Once away it was tight racing to the windward mark. John Shepherd's Fair Do's V, a Race 1 Ker 11.3 finally came through to win.

Courses for other boats in the Blue Group followed a similar pattern. Many yachts had trouble judging the conflicting tide rates in the channel and over the Bramble Bank during a tight spinnaker reach from Seascope to Clipper. As spinnakers started to flap it could be seen many yachts had to harden up for the mark and then drop their kites, often with damaging consequences.

The stronger winds were a chance for the heavier boats to shine. Desperado, Richard Loftus' Swan 65, struggled to stay in contention in the light airs last week, but this week came back to win IRC 1 ahead of Volvo For Life - Team Tonic, one of the stars of the series. The Farr 52, skippered by Nick Hewson, is offering a chance for young sailors to join the crew and experience top level sailing. Second position put her in an unassailable position for the overall series.

Poole-based Jim MacGregor and the crew of Keir Building with Flair were also= celebrating a series victory. They have taken the IRC2 class series after winning again on Sunday. Their worst result was a second.

In IRC 4 weight also paid off. Frenesi of Clynder is a 40-foot yawl, except that after a fellow competitor removed her mizzen earlier in the series. Sailing as a sloop she won on Sunday and leads the series.

Competitors and Race Officers for the White Group had a busy weekend, with racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Spring Championship, which continues on 26 and 27 April.

The higher winds were a chance for the Sports boats to shine, with boats planing on the reaches. This class remained a ding dong battle between the Lasers Turbo Services International, 3 Sad Old Blokes, ER, and a Bull 7000, Seeing Red, with each boat taking the winning gun over the weekend.

With wind and tide against them, the Hunter 707s had a clean start with only a couple of boats over the line. Racing is becoming tougher in the largest fleet in the series as crews have benefited from the eight races they have already sailed. Black Sheep continued to dominate particularly as Betty, her nearest rival, failed to make a podium finish this week.

Spring Series results:

1720 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total
1 YACHTSANDYACHTING 4 3 1 1 2 2 3 -5 -8 1 17
2 S.T.B.D. 1 1 -9 6 -18 4 4 1 1 4 22
3 BOATS.COM 2 2 2 -8 5 -9 2 2 4 3 22
4 GUL 8 5 -18 -18 1 3 1 3 2 2 25
5 POLYPHAGUS 3 6 8 2 -11 -12 8 11 3 5 46
6 RUNNING GUNS 7 7 3 4 -9 8 -9 7 4 7 47
7 G & T 9 4 -18 7 6 1 -10 6 7 8 48
8 TWISTER -18 -18 5 10 3 5 5 8 10 6 52
9 MAD COW 5 8 4 -18 4 16 6 4 -18 18 65
10 TEAM MMC 6 10 -16 9 8 11 7 -12 6 9 66
11 OI! -18 9 10 5 7 10 11 -13 11 10 73
12 LA LICORNE 10 16 6 3 12 7 -18 9 -18 18 81
13 HURRICANE LENNY 18 18 7 11 10 6 -20 -20 9 16 95
14 PREMIER CRU 11 -18 11 12 13 13 -20 14 16 11 101
15 FINN M'COULS -18 -18 18 18 18 18 12 10 18 18 130
16 FULL PELT 18 18 18 18 18 18 -20 -20 18 18 144
16 FLAMBOYANT 18 18 18 18 18 18 -20 -20 18 18 144
707 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total
1 BLACK SHEEP 2 2 -8 1 1 -8 1 1 2 1 11
2 CHARLIE FISH 1 1 5 2 -20 5 -7 4 3 3 24
3 BETTY 8 7 1 3 -9 2 2 -19 4 4 31
4 MISS MONEYPENNY 4 8 -9 7 6 -18 3 8 6 2 44
5 DOH! 7 3 4 -8 -8 7 6 6 8 5 46
6 POCKET BATTLESHIP 9 6 3 5 7 6 -20 11 5 -38 52
7 SPARKLE 6 4 12 6 -13 -15 13 3 7 11 62
8 SPIKE!!! 12 11 7 -37 -15 10 12 7 13 8 80
9 PANIC V -40 5 11 19 12 -41 8 10 22 6 93
10 THE ANT HILL MOB 14 -40 16 9 10 3 9 18 -23 18 97
11 GIRAFFE 15 -20 15 16 -21 1 10 17 12 14 100
12 CENSORED -40 -40 2 4 5 4 4 2 40 40 101
13 DOUGHNUT 11 13 20 15 11 9 -21 -22 18 12 109
14 DREAM OF WHITE HORSES 10 10 -23 12 14 14 -25 16 14 19 109
15 JEFF 17 14 17 11 -18 12 14 14 10 -20 109
16 SWORD 20 16 19 -21 2 16 -26 12 15 13 113
17 TROJAN 13 19 6 -38 -22 20 11 21 16 9 115
18 SWALLOW -40 -40 13 22 24 23 16 15 9 16 138
19 FLYING LOW 18 12 24 14 -29 24 27 9 19 -38 147
20 BEAVER HUNTER -40 9 -39 39 16 13 15 30 11 15 148
21 MUTTLEY 16 18 18 13 19 19 -30 -40 25 24 152
22 SHARKIN MAD 22 22 22 24 17 11 24 -27 -27 25 167
23 DOUBLE TROUBLE 24 15 27 20 -43 -43 19 20 20 23 168
24 BANGERS & MASH 21 21 -29 26 28 17 -32 24 17 17 171
25 THE SWEENEY 3 -40 39 39 3 -43 40 40 1 10 175
26 TBA 25 23 -28 25 -27 25 18 26 24 22 188
27 SYNCHRO 40 40 14 10 -43 -43 5 5 40 40 194
28 TIGER FEET 19 -40 -39 39 23 21 22 29 26 21 200
29 DARKNESS 23 17 25 23 -43 -43 17 23 40 40 208
30 CEZANNE 26 24 -31 29 31 28 31 -40 28 26 223
31 PHOOEY 40 40 26 17 -43 -43 40 40 21 7 231
32 MR BENN 40 40 21 18 -43 -43 23 13 40 38 233
33 BOGO POGO 40 40 10 27 -43 -43 28 25 40 40 250
34 BROKENWIND -40 -40 39 39 26 26 33 31 40 40 274
35 THREE LITTLE PIGS -40 40 39 39 4 -43 40 40 40 40 282
35 SHOWTIME 4 40 39 39 -43 -43 40 40 40 40 282
37 POIMANDRES -40 -40 39 39 25 22 40 40 40 40 285
38 LOLA -40 -40 39 39 30 27 40 40 40 40 295
39 BRAVEHEART 40 40 39 39 -43 -43 29 28 40 40 295
40 SCORCHER 40 40 30 28 -43 -43 40 40 40 40 298
Mumm30 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total
1 HIGHLANDER III 1 1 1 -2 1 1 1 -2 1 1 8
2 OFFBEAT 2 3 3 -5 2 2 -5 3 5 4 24
3 MONKEY BUSINESS 3 2 4 1 4 3 -11 7 -9 5 29
4 MOONSHINE 5 4 2 6 6 6 4 4 -11 -11 37
5 VARUNA 4 -9 5 4 5 5 -9 6 6 2 37
6 SARDONYX VI 9 9 -10 -10 3 4 6 8 2 3 44
7 OVINGTON BOATS LIKE 9 9 8 3 9 9 2 1 -11 -11 50
8 KAZBAH 9 9 -10 10 9 9 3 5 3 -11 57
9 MARAUDER 9 9 10 10 9 9 -11 -11 4 11 71
Sportsboat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total
1 TURBO SERVICES INT 3 2 1 2 3 -7 3 -4 2 1 17
2 ER -8 3 2 3 2 1 -5 2 3 3 19
3 3 SAD OLD BLOKES -4 1 3 1 -4 4 2 3 4 4 22
4 SEEING RED -18 -18 17 17 1 3 1 1 1 2 43
5 LETS B FREE 2 8 4 4 5 -9 6 6 8 -10 43
6 DISTINCTLY MINTY 6 4 8 5 -12 -10 8 8 9 7 55
7 BANDIT 7 5 6 7 7 8 -20 -20 7 8 55
8 SABOTEUR 5 6 5 6 10 12 4 9 -17 -17 57
9 SOLITE COSE 9 9 -17 -17 9 5 7 5 5 9 58
10 SMEE AGEN 10 -18 -17 17 6 2 11 11 6 5 68
11 SPORT BILLY -12 -12 7 8 8 6 10 10 12 11 72
12 VA VA VOOM -18 10 9 9 11 11 12 -18 11 12 85
13 FATIMA BLUSH 11 11 10 10 13 13 13 13 -17 -17 94
14 TBA2 -18 -18 17 17 18 18 9 7 10 6 102
15 EAT MY SHORTS 1 7 17 17 18 18 -20 -20 17 17 112
16 BISH BASH BOSH -18 -18 17 17 14 18 15 14 17 17 129
17 SUBLIME -18 -18 17 17 18 18 14 12 17 17 130
IRM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total
1 ROARING MEG -11 -11 2 3 3 1 1 3 1 6 20
2 TOO STEAMY 2 1 -7 1 2 -10 4 5 2 3 20
3 FAIR DO'S V 3 -11 1 2 4 2 -8 2 6 1 21
4 EL GRINGO 1 3 3 4 1 3 -7 -6 4 4 23
5 CADHIREUK FARRFALINA 5 2 4 6 -7 4 3 4 5 -11 33
6 ARBITRATOR 4 4 5 5 -12 12 5 1 8 -13 44
7 NO RESPECT 6 5 -8 8 5 -10 2 7 7 5 45
8 ALICE 7 6 6 7 6 5 6 8 -10 -11 51
9 2XL 11 11 -12 -12 12 12 12 12 3 2 75
10 PANTHER 11 11 -12 -12 12 12 9 9 9 7 80
11 WARLORD 11 11 9 12 8 12 12 12 -13 -13 87


Bowsprit R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 FRECKLES 3 3 -6 2 2 10
2 JAMARAMA 1 2 4 -20 4 11
3 CHARLEY J -21 3 3 4 1 11
4 JAHMALI 2 4 2 3 -9 11
5 JAZOLO 11 -19 1 1 3 16
6 VOADOR 4 1 -19 6 7 18
7 JOYRIDE 5 4 -8 7 5 21
8 JUDGEMENT DAY 6 6 -21 5 8 25
9 JAMMIN 7 7 7 8 -13 29
10 Jeronimo 9 8 5 -19 11 33
11 JOS OF HAMBLE 8 -19 10 10 6 34
12 JEZEBEL 10 10 11 -19 10 41
13 NJOS -12 11 12 9 12 44
14 JUST ENOUGH -21 12 9 11 19 51
15 JAMBALAYA -21 9 21 21 15 66
16 JEMIMA 13 -21 13 21 21 68
17 BIG WEDNESDAY -21 21 21 19 14 75
18 MOBY J -21 21 21 21 21 84
18 JACOBS LADDER -21 21 21 21 21 84
IRC1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 VOLVO FOR LIFE -TEAM TONIC -2 1 1 1 2 5
2 DESPERADO 1 2 6 -12 1 10
3 W.I.S.C. 3 4 2 3 -6 12
4 EXABYTE 2 6 5 -9 4 3 18
5 KIRRIBILLI 9 7 4 -10 4 24
6 MINX -11 5 5 5 9 24
7 CHERNIKEEFF -24 3 3 6 17 29
8 MAGNUM II 7 -11 10 7 5 29
9 FIRESTORM 5 9 12 -21 7 33
10 KINKY BLACK UNDERWEAR -24 12 7 2 15 36
11 ALVINE XII 4 8 7 21 -24 40
12 TBA3 8 -15 11 9 14 42
13 OZ PRIVATEER 12 -14 13 8 12 45
14 LONGBOW 10 10 14 -21 13 47
15 MOSTLY HARMLESS 13 13 -18 13 10 49
16 BOUNTY HUNTER 15 -16 16 11 16 58
17 WHITE KNUCKLES -24 20 15 21 8 64
18 CLOSING TIME 16 17 17 14 -24 64
19 HOOLIGAN V 17 19 20 23 -24 79
20 KYLIDH -24 24 24 23 11 82
21 BORN SLIPPY -24 18 19 23 24 84
22 GUSTO IV 14 -24 24 23 24 85
IRC2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 KIER BUILDING WITH FLAIR 1 -2 1 1 1 4
2 CAPITALISM -24 5 2 3 4 14
3 ROYAL BLUE ADDICT 2 -25 6 6 2 16
4 X-PERIENCE 4 7 4 -13 3 18
5 SHOCKWAVE -9 3 5 5 5 18
6 SANGUMA 6 1 -13 8 8 23
7 EXTRA DJINN 3 4 8 9 -26 24
8 BUMP IN THE NIGHT 5 -9 9 2 9 25
9 DEUCE -24 15 3 7 6 31
10 XCITABLE 11 10 -12 4 10 35
11 RED ARROW 8 -11 10 11 11 40
12 LIGHTNING REFLEX 7 13 14 -15 14 48
13 CUTTING EDGE 24 8 7 10 -26 49
14 SIMPLY THE BEST -16 12 11 14 13 50
15 GENIE 12 -16 15 12 12 51
16 ROLLOX 14 17 16 -18 15 62
17 AQUAHOLIX OF HAMBLE 10 6 24 -26 26 66
18 BRAVEHEART 17 19 17 -26 17 70
19 Swagman 15 -27 25 17 16 73
20 THE BIG RED SHED 13 14 25 -26 26 78
21 SALVO 24 -27 25 26 7 82
22 BEAM ON 24 -25 18 20 24 86
23 PRIME EVIL 24 -27 25 16 26 91
24 BLUE JUICE 24 18 23 -26 26 91
25 BRIGHTWORK 24 -27 25 19 26 94
26 CUMARA 24 -27 25 24 26 99
27 ESPRIT DE CORPS 24 -27 25 26 26 101
IRC3 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 PRIME CUT 1 1 -4 1 3 6
2 ELECTRA -6 6 1 3 1 11
3 GREAT SCOTT II 3 4 -7 2 5 14
4 AZTEC -20 2 2 10 2 16
5 SHADES OF BLUE 5 4 3 -7 6 18
6 DICK DASTARDLY -7 5 5 5 4 19
7 BREAKOUT 2 3 8 8 -21 21
8 KUDOS 4 -17 6 4 10 24
9 STARSPRAY -9 7 9 6 8 30
10 TAI-PAN -12 8 12 11 7 38
11 GENERATION- X 8 -17 13 15 9 45
12 GREASE LIGHTNING 13 10 20 13 -21 56
13 EL TIBURON 20 18 10 9 -21 57
14 SCARLET O'HARA 11 19 14 14 -21 58
15 SUSIMI 10 9 -22 22 21 62
16 DOMAINE 20 19 11 -22 21 71
17 COOL PENGUIN 20 19 -22 12 21 72
18 PREMIER CRU OF COQUET 20 19 -22 16 21 76
19 KATHLEEN LOVE 20 19 20 17 -21 76
20 SOFTWARE MISTRESS 20 19 -22 22 21 82
IRC4 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 FRENESI OF CLYNDER 2 1 -5 2 1 6
2 EQUATOR 1 3 -6 3 2 9
3 HOBBY HORSE 4 -13 1 1 4 10
4 FUNTASTIC 2 -5 4 3 4 3 14
5 ERIK THE RED 3 2 -7 6 6 17
6 MURPHY'S LAW -13 5 2 5 7 19
7 SHEPTON DANCER 7 -8 8 7 5 27
8 ANNE LOUISE 6 6 4 -13 13 29
9 FIVE TARTS -13 7 9 8 13 37
10 DISKO TROOPER 8 -13 13 9 8 38
IRC5 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 MISSRED 1 1 1 1 -2 4
2 COBWEB 3 2 -9 3 1 9
3 ARGO 2 4 2 2 -8 10
4 HIGH NOTE 8 3 -9 4 8 23
5 CLEMITY MAI -8 8 3 8 8 27
6 NIMROD OF COWES 8 8 -9 8 8 32
Sigma33 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 SUMMATION 2 1 1 -12 2 6
2 SCARAMOUCHE 1 3 -4 1 4 9
3 SIGRESS -4 2 3 2 3 10
4 RETRIBUTION 3 4 2 -12 5 14
5 ELANDRA 5 -7 6 4 7 22
6 JUPA -12 10 5 12 1 28
7 BOUNCE BACK 12 6 12 3 -13 33
8 PROSPERO OF HAMBLE -12 5 12 12 6 35
9 WAVELENGTH 12 12 12 5 -13 41
10 MUSKOKA 12 12 12 6 -13 42
11 SHADOWFAX 12 12 12 7 -13 43
Sigma38 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 HIGHLAND SPIRIT -14 1 2 1 1 5
2 EUPHORIX 1 5 1 3 -8 10
3 MEFISTO 2 -3 3 2 3 10
4 ALLIANCE -4 2 4 4 2 12
5 DRAGONFLY OF BOSHAM 3 4 7 -8 5 19
6 MUSTIGO II 5 -6 5 5 4 19
7 LIGHT 6 7 -8 7 6 26
8 VITESSE 8 8 -10 10 7 33
9 WAVETRAIN 7 9 9 11 -15 36
10 SUPERNATURAL -14 14 11 6 9 40
11 PENDULUM 9 10 -15 9 15 43
12 ZANZARA 14 14 6 -15 15 49
13 WITH ALACRITY 14 14 -15 15 10 53
14 SIGMAGICIAN 14 14 12 -15 15 55
15 FLYING FORMULA 14 14 -15 15 15 58
X332 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 X-THERAPIST 1 1 -3 2 1 5
2 GLIDE-X 2 2 1 -5 2 7
3 RECKLESS RAT -18 4 2 1 3 10
4 EXOTIC 4 -6 4 3 4 15
5 LA NEF IV 6 -12 5 4 8 23
6 XPLOITER 5 5 -9 7 7 24
7 X-TREME -18 9 7 6 5 27
8 BRIGHTWORK 3 3 8 16 -18 30
9 ILEX 9 10 6 -11 8 33
10 X-RATED 7 7 -10 9 10 33
11 DRAGONFLY TOO 8 8 -12 12 11 39
12 XENA -18 18 11 8 6 43
13 X-PRESSION 10 11 -18 10 12 43
14 PEANUT -18 13 13 13 13 52
15 XIPHIAS OF DEE 11 -18 14 14 14 53

Spring Championships, first weekend:

1720 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 S.T.B.D. 1 2 1 4 1 3 12
2 POLYPHAGUS 2 3 2 1 3 4 15
3 BOATS.COM 3 1 3 6 4 2 19
4 RUNNING GUNS 6 8 7 3 4 5 33
5 HURRICANE LENNY 5 7 5 2 6 10 35
6 FINN M'COULS 7 4 4 7 7 6 35
7 OI! 8 5 6 8 8 7 42
8 MAD COW 4 6 8 5 12 12 47
9 GUL 12 12 12 12 2 1 51
707 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 BLACK SHEEP 4 1 6 4 2 1 18
2 BETTY 1 2 7 1 5 4 20
3 THREE LITTLE PIGS 5 16 4 3 3 5 36
4 CHARLIE FISH 6 17 5 6 4 3 41
5 MISS MONEYPENNY 12 3 9 12 7 2 45
6 THE SWEENEY 10 18 1 7 1 11 48
7 DOH! 7 20 3 9 8 6 53
8 SPIKE!!! 3 12 19 2 13 9 58
9 BEAVER HUNTER 16 6 8 5 12 13 60
10 POCKET BATTLESHIP 11 19 2 8 6 24 70
11 PHOOEY 9 9 16 11 18 8 71
12 SWALLOW 17 5 14 14 10 14 74
13 DOUGHNUT 18 8 10 10 16 12 74
14 TROJAN 13 4 17 17 14 10 75
15 BANGERS & MASH 2 11 15 19 15 15 77
16 JEFF 14 10 12 13 11 17 77
17 MUTTLEY 8 7 11 15 21 20 82
18 DOUBLE TROUBLE 15 14 13 18 17 19 96
19 TBA 19 13 18 16 20 18 104
20 CEZANNE 20 15 20 20 22 21 118
21 MAD DOG 26 26 26 26 9 16 129
22 PANIC V 26 26 26 26 19 7 130
23 SHOWTIME 26 26 26 26 26 26 156
IRM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 ROARING MEG 2 1 1 1 1 6 12
2 TOO STEAMY 1 4 6 6 2 3 22
3 EL GRINGO 5 5 2 2 4 4 22
4 FAIR DO'S V 3 2 9 4 6 1 25
5 CADHIREUK FARRFALINA 4 3 4 3 5 10 29
6 NO RESPECT 6 7 3 4 7 5 32
7 ALICE 7 6 5 7 8 12 45
8 2XL 11 11 11 11 3 2 49
9 MEKA II 11 11 11 11 12 12 68
Mumm30 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 KAZBAH 1 2 2 1 3 5 14
2 SARDONYX VI 3 4 1 11 2 2 23
3 MUMBO JUMBO 8 1 5 6 1 4 25
4 MARAUDER 4 7 4 3 4 3 25
5 VARUNA 7 5 6 4 6 1 29
6 MONKEY BUSINESS 2 3 7 2 9 7 30
7 OFFBEAT 6 6 3 5 5 6 31
8 MOONSHINE 5 8 8 11 11 11 54
Sportsboat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 TURBO SERVICES INT 1 2 1 1 2 1 8
2 ER 6 1 2 2 3 3 17
3 3 SAD OLD BLOKES 3 3 3 3 4 4 20
4 BANDIT 2 5 5 7 6 8 33
5 SMEE AGEN 7 7 7 4 5 5 35
6 DISTINCTLY MINTY 5 9 6 6 8 7 41
7 TBA2 16 4 4 5 9 6 44
8 VA VA VOOM 4 8 8 8 10 10 48
9 LETS B FREE 8 6 9 9 7 9 48
10 STRESS BUNNY 10 11 10 11 12 12 66
11 SEEING RED 16 16 16 16 1 2 67
12 BISH BASH BOSH 9 10 11 10 16 13 69
13 SUBLIME 16 16 16 16 11 11 86

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