Sailing Logic 1-2
With two more weekends to go in the 2010 Garmin Hamble Winter Series most classes will be fighting it out all the way, but in the IRC3 and J/109 classes two boats are dominating. With another win on Sunday Mike and Jamie Holmes’ J/97 Jika-Jika looks set to clinch their points series, as does David and Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream in the J/109s. If this form can be maintained they should both be strong contenders for the Garmin Yacht of the Serie’ award for the best overall performance of all Black Fleet classes.
12-18 knots of cold north to northeasterly breeze coupled with a strong west-going tide made it a challenging day for both competitors and the race committees. The Black Fleet courses were cascaded down tide across the entire width of the Solent from a start on the Ryde Middle, while inshore the White Group was set a full trapezoidal course with a separate finishing boat, to cycle the three races with minimum delays.
In IRC0 Richard Barnes’ Biela notched up another win, and in IRC1 the Sailing Logic Reflex 38’s sailed by Philippe Falle and Tim Thubron were first and second, but only Falles' Visit Malta Puma has a chance of dislodging Tim Harrington’s Vortex from the top spot overall. Vortex was not out racing this weekend.
Michael Brough’s Steady Barker held off Mike Bridges’ Elaine in IRC2, and in IRC4 Paul Blowers and Nick Daniels' Patriot Games won again, but remains neck and neck on overall points with the other Impala 28, Ben Meakins and Adrian Cudmore's Polly.
In the Sigma 38 class the excitement was kept up to the very end of a race long battle between With Alacrity, Rapscallion and Festina Lente, these three boats finishing within 30 seconds. It was the Meakins’ Festina that settled it on the final beat, choosing the committee boat end of the finish line to win by 5 seconds, and giving the race officers a moment to remember as at the last moment they luffed to cross the finish line.
The White Fleet points battle resumed after last week’s abandoned racing, with a small but keen fleet of Laser SB3s and J/80s braving another cold day. In the SB3s the same trio of boats skippered by Llewellyn, Cummins and Gillett featured throughout the three races, while in the J/80s John Cooper’s Oi! scored two firsts and a second to further extend their overall lead.
Gill was the day sponsor, with Gill's Southern England Sales Manager George Kingsnorth presenting the prizes. The series continues on November 28th with one race for the Black Fleet classes, and three races are scheduled for the sportsboats in the White Fleet.
Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Day 6 Results:
Black Fleet Race Winners:
IRC 0 'Biela' Richard Barnes
IRC 1 ‘Visit Malta Puma’ Phillipe Falle
IRC 2 ‘Steady Barker’ Michael Brough
IRC 3 ‘Jika-Jika’ Mike and Jamie Holmes
IRC 4 ‘Patriot Games’ Paul Blowers & Nick Daniels
Sigma 38 ‘Festine Lente’ Meakins Family
J/109 'J-Dream' David and Kirsty Apthorp
Races 1 & 2
GBR 3082 Llewellyn, Wakefield, and Vigus
'Rumbleflurg' David Cummins
Race 1 'Swallow' Gordon Cragen
Race 2 & 3 ‘Oi!’ John Cooper