Victory for Matilda
Colette Blair on Matilda beat 14 other teams to win the Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championship 2011 title. Second place went to Mini Transat competitor Pip Hare on Elaine (Elan 37) and third place was Jody Sanders on the J/80 Boats.com.
Over 100 women from all over the UK took part in the event, which was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble and supported by title sponsor Dubarry. Dubarry have been a supporting the event as race sponsor since the start in 2008 but this is their first year as title sponsor. As well as Marine clothing they also have a lovely range of Country wear and accessories.
Six races over two days were spilt into two classes - IRC and J/80. Racing in the Solent was challenging with light winds on Saturday. Principal Race Officer Peter Bateson made the most of the Solent seeking out the best spots and a series of courses were set accommodating the range of boats participating, creating some exciting mark rounding’s as the fleet mixed with the Farr 45 Class, who were also racing with the RSrnYC. Sunday saw similar conditions until the wind filled in during the second race providing gusts of up to 20 knots, testing conditions for even the experienced racers.
The IRC Class consisted of nine entrants ranging from a Hunter 707 to a Mat 1010. Results were as follows: first Colette Blair on Matilda, second Pip Hare on Elaine and third Louise Makin on Journeymaker 5.
The J/80 Class with a fleet of six had a number of close and competitive races with first in fleet going to Jody Sanders on Boats.com closely followed by Kirsty Skinner on J2X Gul in second and Sarah Allan on Juicy in third.
At the prizegiving winner Colette Blair thanked PRO Peter Bateson for a great weekends racing and event organisers Emma Beagley, Ellie Draper, Jody Sanders and Natalie Gray for organising a great event and is looking forward to racing again in 2012.
The WOKC team would like to thank title sponsor Dubarry, Chococo, The King and Queen Public House, Weatherwhiz.co.uk, Who Made Your Pants and the Royal Southern Yacht Club for supporting the event.
All proceeds raised over the weekend will be passed on to the event charity Breast Cancer Care.