Garmin Hamble Winter Series preview

Racing to commence this weekend

Thursday October 6th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Garmin Hamble Winter Series, now in its 30th year, will feature racing for IRC classes, J/109  and Sigma 38 classes in the main series, as well  as a separate 14 race Series  for J/80s, SB3s and other One Design classes over  two Hamble Autumn Championship weekends and  Farr 45s and IRC Class Zero in two Hamble Big Boat Series weekends.

Garmin are the title sponsor for the sixth year running, and the club is grateful for the continued support.

The Series continues to attract great companies to sponsor each Sunday’s racing. This year the club welcomes: Team Purple; The Bugle; Elvstrom Sails; Southern Ropes; One Sail; MDL, Spinlock, and Wet & Wild, who will be providing race prizes.

Hamble Autumn Championships

To provide challenging, competitive racing for the dry-sailed J/80, SB3 and other Sportsboat classes, this year the club has introduced
an even tighter event, featuring concentrated White Fleet racing on two successive neap tide weekends in October. Each weekend will comprise seven races – four on Saturday and three on Sunday, making a 14 race Series.

This compact Series will save competitors the cost of hoist/launch fees and the club welcomes any feedback on this new format.

For those J/80s and Laser SB3s that do want to race the full Series, there will be a Mixed Sportsboat class start within the Black Fleet for the entire Series, apart from the Autumn Championship weekends mentioned above. Other One Design classes are also welcome. J/109s, Quarter Tonners and Impala 28s are expected to have their own start for some competitive weekend racing.

Hamble Big Boat Series

Held for the last six years, in 2011 the Big Boat series will be run over the two Spring tide weekends in October, with racing for IRC Zero and Farr 45 classes. These weekends are designed to attract the top-flight racing boats with a packed programme of tight, close racing. Early
indications are that it will prove equally popular this year.

Calendar

8-9 October - The Hamble Autumn Championships (weekend 1)
A double Weekend Championships for One-Design
Classes. SB3; J/80; J/109 classes. Other OneDesigns welcome (minimum entry required)

9 October Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 1
Full programme of racing - IRC, J/109, Sigma38
Day Sponsor: Team Purple

15-16 October - The Hamble Big Boat Series (weekend 1)
A two weekend 12 race Championships.
Farr 45 Class and IRC for yachts with minimums of 40ft / 1.075 IRC

16 October - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 2
Full programme of racing - IRC, J/109, Sigma38
Day Sponsor: The Bugle

22-23 October - The Hamble Autumn Championships (weekend 2)
A double Weekend Championships for One-Design  Classes. SB3; J/80; J/109 classes, incorporating
the J/109’s Solent Championship event. Other One-Designs welcome (minimum entry required)

23 October - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 3
IRC, J/109, Sigma38. Day Sponsor: Spinlock

29-30 October - The Hamble Big Boat Series (weekend 2)
A two weekend 12 race Championships.
Farr 45 Class, IRC for yachts with minimums of  40ft /1.075 IRC

30 October - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 4
IRC, J/109, Sigma38. Day Sponsor: OneSail

6 November - No Racing! Weekend off for Christmas Shopping

13 November - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 5
IRC, J/109, Sigma38. Day Sponsor: Southern Ropes

20 November - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 6
IRC, J/109, Sigma38. Day Sponsor: Elvstrom

27 November - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 7
IRC, J/109, Sigma38. Day Sponsor: Wet & Wild

4 December - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Race Day 8
IRC, J/109, Sigma38. Day Sponsor: MDL

10 December - Garmin Hamble Winter Series Prizegiving
18:30 - HRSC Clubhouse

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