Offshore

Final day of Garmin Hamble Winter Series

Despite the combined efforts of a pessimistic forecast and ABP, who helpfully removed nearly all the racing marks in the Solent last week, boats racing in the final day of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series managed to squeeze in a race before the wind shut off completely. Early morning saw 7-9 knots at the Bramble Bank and thick ice on decks. A short postponement accompanied a temporary lull in the breeze, but the race team was able to get all classes away in a 5-7 knot North-Westerly breeze and spring tide. Using inflatable marks instead of the missing racing marks, the race team set a series of windward-leeward courses, but were forced to shorten at the first leeward mark as the wind threatened to disappear completely. Nonetheless, some extremely close racing could be witnessed, even if it was in nerve-jangling slow motion.

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In IRC 0, Mark Lloyd's Mills 43 Chaos sailed a masterful race to finish nearly 15 minutes ahead of the next boat, Andrew Arthur's Vixter. In IRC 1, Stuart and James Wilkie's Mitchellson Interceptor beat the Reflex 38 Visit Malta Puma to win the race, but this wasn't enough to stop Visit Malta Puma taking first overall in the series
by nine points.

IRC 2 was shown the way this week by Malcolm Roberts' Ker 9m Sunshine, who finished 8 minutes ahead of the next boat, but David Franks' Strait Dealer won the series in class 2 despite not sailing the final two races.

The A31 of Steve Bromley, Aneet Djinn, topped the IRC 3 class, tied first with Andy Howe's Blackjack, but it was Craig Cossar's Vital Eyes that won the class overall.

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Tony Mack's McFly won in the J/111 class, but David and Kirsty Apthorp's J Dream took to top spot overall. In the J/109s, Owain Franks' Jynnan Tonnyx beat Paul Griffith's Jagerbomb to take the day prize, with Jagerbomb winning the series by three points.

In the Sigma 38s, it was class newcomers, Nick Woolven's Rho who topped the fleet. They sailed a great race, beating the series winner, Kevin Sussmilch's Mefisto by just under a minute.

In IRC 4, Quarter Tonner Menace extended their lead at the top of the class with another first. X-95 Crakajax sailed a great race to take 2nd, with Mustang 30 Erik the Red in third.

A beautiful day on the water, even if there was a lack of wind, was rounded off with day sponsor SO31 Bags, who presented the prizes in the HRSC clubhouse.

IRC 0 (TCC Above 1.080) - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (10 entries)
1. GBR8221R Jolou J/122 Dr Ivan Trotman 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 5 4 13pts
2. GBR1346R Belladonna Grand Soleil 46 Mr Andrew Howard 2 1 2 2 5 2 2 5 1 9 17
3. IRL12345 Chaos Mills 43 Mr Mark Lloyd 4 DNC DNC 1 1 DNC DNC DNC 2 1 42

IRC 1 (TCC 1.045 to 1.079) - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (11 entries)
1. GBR7383R Visit Malta Puma, Reflex 38 Sailing Logic 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 1 1 2 11pts
2. GBR7404R Mitchellson Interceptor, First 40.7 Stuart & James Wilkie 4 3 3 6 7 1 2 4 2 1 20
3. GBR626 Old Mother Gun, Humphries 40ft Mr Philip Farrands 1 2 2 1 5 6 6 3 5 4 23

IRC 2 (TCC 1.010 to 1.044) - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (12 entries)
1. GBR1250N Strait Dealer, JPK 1010 Mr David Franks 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 DNC DNC 9pts
2. GBR1405R elaine, elan 37 Mike Bridges 5 5 3 2 2 2 3 4 1 2 19
3. GBR979R MALICE, HOD 35 Mr Mike Moxley 3 3 4 3 4 3 2 3 2 3 22

IRC 3 (TCC 0.940 to 1.009) - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (16 entries)
1. GBR3121L Vital Eyes, Salona 35 Mr Craig Cossar 4 2 2 1 3 1 1 4 8 14pts
2. GBR1497R INDULJENCE, J97 Nick and Adam Munday 3 1 3 2 6 2 4 6 4 19
3. GBR8755R IMADJINN, ARCHAMBAULT A31 MR Peter Dessent 1 6 1 3 4 6 9 1 5 21

IRC 4 (TCC .860 to 0.939) - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (10 entries)
1. FRA9371 Menace, Keltic 25 Quarter Ton Tim Rees/Derek Morland 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 10pts
2. GBR9500 Polly, Impala 28 Ben Meakins & Adrian Cudmore 1 1 DNC DNC 2 2 4 2 4 16
3. GBR6896T ERIK THE RED, MUSTANG MK 2 Mr Bernard Fyans 4 4 1 2 3 7 3 6 3 20

J/111 - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (4 entries)
1. GBR7111L J_Dream, J/111 David & Kirsty Apthorp 2 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 2 3 13pts
2. FRA62 Jitterbug, J111 Mr Cornel Riklin 1 3 1 2 2 3 3 3 1 2 15
3. GBR111N McFly, J111 MR Tony Mack DNC DNC DNC 1 1 2 2 2 DNC 1 19

J/109 - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (12 entries)
1 GBR6865R Jagerbomb, J/109 Mr Paul Griffiths 1 3 1 1 4 6 3 1 5 14pts
2 GBR2192L Jynnan Tonnyx, J109 Mr Owain Franks 3 4 4 3 2 2 5 2 1 17
3 GBR8543R Offbeat, J/109 David McLeman 4 1 2 6 9 5 2 DNC 2 22

Sigma 38 - Garmin Hamble Winter Series (23 entries)
1. GBR8352 Mefisto, Sigma 38 OOD Kevin Sussmilch 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 1 2 8pts
2. GBR8285 Kindred Spirit, Sigma 38 Rob, Jules, Jack and Friends 2 3 4 3 3 2 2 6 5 19
3. GBR8338 With Alacrity, Sigma 38 Chris & Vanessa Choules 4 2 1 4 2 7 7 3 7 23

Full results at www.hamblewinterseries.com

Ben Meakins
3 December 2012 17:40 GMT


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