Hamble Warming Pan Regatta

The weather Gods were not smiling for the Warming Pan, held for the 51st year at Hamble River SC on the 3rd weekend in March. Full marks then to the 62 boats that braved the frustrating conditions, unable to work hard enough even to get warm. But however trying it was for competitors and race team alike, even conditions such as these reward the skilful, and the final prize list was like a Who’s Who of sailing.

In the Albacore class the legend that is Mike McNamara lost only one race to record a win at the club where he began his amazing career. The Camm’s were similarly dominant in the National 12’s, whilst Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens in the Enterprises and the Sherringtons in the Fireflies had done well enough to sit out out the last, very cold, race and still win.

The familiar names of Richard Whitworth and Sarah Bines headed the Merlin fleet who this year attended on Sunday only due to a clash with another open on the Saturday. Second place in the Merlin fleet was occupied by Steve and Sarah Cockerill who seem destined to bring even more interest to this booming class.

Hamble Foxer fleet at Hamble Warming Pan 2013Click image for a larger image

Last, but not least comes the phenomenon that is the Hamble Foxer fleet where in a hotly competitive 18 boat fleet Rob Greenhalgh won overall pipping brother Peter into 2nd place, whilst at least one multiple World Champion couldn’t even make it into the top 3!

Next year Hamble River SC plan to run the Warming Pan on the 15/16 March 2014. The plan is to have all classes racing on both days and the club will try and book better weather!

Full results for each class available on the Hamble River SC website

Video of Saturday racing taken by Malcolm Donald