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Hamble Winter Series - Oilskin-swaddled crews enjoy the day

Despite a pessimistic forecast, oilskin-swaddled crews competing in the Hamble Winter Series enjoyed a day of champagne sailing.Hamo Thornycroft/yacht-photos.co.uk -

A wind direction of around 215 degrees with big gusts under ominous clouds allowed the race team to send the assembled fleets on a course that led them to the north side of the Bramble Bank.

In IRC 1, the fleet was extremely close, with only 4 seconds separating 3rd and 5th. Roger Bowden’s King 40 Nifty scored a first and a second, to leave them atop the podium overall.

Christopher Daniel’s J/122 Juno moved up the leaderboard with a 3rd in the first race and a comfortable win in the second race, while Philip Farrands’ Humphries 40 Old Mother Gun scored a second and a fifth, putting them in third overall.

In IRC 2, Winter Series stalwart, Mike Bridges’ Elan 37 Elaine made the most of the conditions to take two comfortable bullets.

Elaine finished ahead of Simon Perry’s J/109 Jiraffe and Mike Moxley’s HOD35 Malice, who scored a second and a third apiece. That leaves Jiraffe second and Malice third overall in the series so far.

IRC3 leaders, Robin Stevenson’s J/92S Upstart scored a 3rd and a 4th this week – but it was Jamie Muir’s SJ320 Scarlet Jester and Annie and Andy Howe’s J/97 Blackjack II who took a race each.

David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’ronimo filled in the gaps with two solid second places.

In IRC 4 Giovanni Belgrano’s classic Laurent Giles-designed Whooper won both races by over minute on corrected time.

Behind her, John Danby’s Mustang 30 Respect and Toby Gorman’s Sigma 33 Stan the Boat scored a second and a third each.

That moves Stan to the top of the overall results – but much will change when a discard kicks after next week’s racing.

In the one-design J/88 class, experience paid off for Paul and Marie-Claude Heys’ Jenga as they scored two comfortable first places – which moves them closer to the top of the leaderboard.

Class captain Paul Ward and crew on Eat Sleep J Repeat and Kirsty and David Apthorp on J-Dream scored a second place each.

Results are at available at www.hamblewinterseries.com

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