The second weekend of the 2010 Garmin Hamble Winter Series produced two more days of excellent racing in a shifting north to north-easterly breeze. Also combined with the main Garmin Series, the annual Hamble Autumn Championships for one-designs was held over Saturday and Sunday, and sponsored by Premier Marinas.
While Saturday produced tough racing for the J/109, J/80, and Laser SB3 classes in 10-20 knots of cool breeze, Sunday was a softer day, with sunshine and blue skies, but still with big wind shifts. The Black Group start was set up on the Ryde Bank with a long first beat across the ebbing tide to windward marks near the mainland shore. With two races scheduled and the prospect of a softening breeze, the second start sequence was underway by midday on the same startline. Although the classes starting later struggled in the now east-going tide all boats were finished by 1430.
For Sunday’s J/80 and Laser SB3 fleets closer to the shore there was around eight knots of breeze for their first race, falling to six knots for the second. Soon afterwards the breeze fell away completely, and with two good races in the bag to conclude the Autumn Championships for these classes, White Group PRO Rob Lamb decided to call it a day and send the fleet in.
Overall winners in the J/109, J/80, and Laser SB3 fleets for the Premier Marinas Hamble Autumn Championships were presented with crew meal vouchers at the Velsheda restaurant in Swanwick (and overnight berthing for the J/109), and the 53 boats total in this fleet also helped to boost the large turnout for the Hamble River Sailing Club’s Toe in the Water party on Saturday evening.
This tri-service initiative, Toe in the Water, entered four J/80s in the event, and each of these boats had a crew of five on board, some of whom are recovering from traumatic injuries. According to Becci Eplett of the J-Boats UK agents Key Yachting Ltd., who supported the party; “They are a hugely competitive bunch on the race-track and a delight to race against”.
Race winners at Sunday’s prize giving for the Garmin Hamble Winter Series received prizes from the day sponsor, Yachts & Yachting, and next weekend sees the conclusion of the Bugle Hamble Big Boat Series, and the third round of the main Garmin series.
Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Day 2 Results:
Black Fleet Race Winners:
Race 1 ‘Biela’ Richard Barnes
Race 2 ‘Paragon’ John Shepherd
Race 1 & 2 ‘Vortex’ Tim Harrington
Race 1 ‘Steady Barker’ Michael Brough
Race 2 ‘Malice’ Mike Moxley
Race 1 ‘Jika-Jika’ Mike and Jamie Holmes
Race 2 ‘Scarlet Jester’ Jamie Muir
Race 1 'Patriot Games' Paul Blowers
Race 2 ‘Polly’ Ben Meakins & Adrian Cudmore
Race 1 ‘With Alacrity’ Chris and Vanessa Choules
Race 2 ‘Kindred Spirit’ Robert Lee
Races 1 ‘J Dream’ David & Kirsty Apthorp
Races 2 ‘Velvet Ellis’ Velvet Ellis Sailing Team
White Fleet Race Winners:
Races 1 & 2, ‘GBR 3082’
Race 1, ‘Boats.com’ Ian Atkins
Race 2, ‘Spitfire’ Team Spitfire
Premier Marinas Hamble Autumn Championship Winners:
1st ‘Velvet Ellis’ Velvet Ellis Sailing Team
2nd ‘J-Dream’ David and Kirsty Apthorp
3rd ‘OutraJeous’ Richard and Valerie Griffith
1st ‘Boats.com’ Ian Atkins
2nd ‘Oi!’ John Cooper
3rd ‘Spitfire’ Team Spitfire
1st ‘Gill Race Team’ Craig Burlton
2nd ‘GBR 3082’ Llewellyn, Wakefied & Vigus
3rd ‘Robina’ Sue Antonelli