Solo Racing Festival 2011


Paul Peggs and Marco Nannini accept their Round Britain prizes. Marco Nannini: "What they don't tell you about the Round Britain is all the drinking. These were the shot glasses!"
Photos: Rudi Polednik
Paul Peggs and Marco Nannini accept their Round Britain prizes. Marco Nannini: "What they don't tell you about the Round Britain is all the drinking. These were the shot glasses!"
Another successful gathering of the clans organised by the Solo Offshore Racing Club
Organised by the capable fellows at the Solo Offshore Racing Club led by Jerry Freeman, the fifth Solo Racing Festival took place on Saturday at the Royal Southern YC in Hamble, with more than 120 delegates (sold out, standing room only), a compact display of shorthanded offshore racing vessels on the RSYC pontoons and some top notch speakers, the event subsidised by North Sails and BluQube. VIP guests were in evidence such as Vendee Globe skipper, and perhaps coolest of all, Banque Populaire crewman, Brian Thompson, who was there to field an unannounced call from Dee Caffari, at the time negotiating the South Atlantic in the Barcelona World Race. Dee was in understandably buoyant mood having jumped from ninth to seventh (overtaking Hugo Boss and with Groupe Bel’s retirement) in the previous 24 hours. Mike Golding and Steve White were also on hand from the IMOCA 60 world, along with freshly awarded Pantaneus YJA Yachtsman of the Year Geoff Holt and Mike Perham, who in 2009 became the youngest person to have sailed singlehanded around the world. Yacht designers were represented by Nigel Irens, Merfyn Owen and John Shuttleworth, who has recently returned to the marine industry with a vengeance as designer of Adastra, a giant 42.5m long power trimaran being built by McConaghy featured on the cover of Boat International this month. The morning began with the 'Shorthanded Race Fair' - an opportunity for skippers to meet the organisers of all the significant shorthanded races taking place this year, with all the organising clubs represented: RORC, RWYC, RCYC, RSYC, MOCRA, UK Mini group and SORC [not the American one], etc. Given the overall tally between these clubs and organisations, there now exists a substantial calendar of solo and doublehanded racing in the UK. Among the event representatives was Colin Drummond, who founded the

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