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Hamble Winter Series - Weekend 4

It was a day of shifty, gusty winds and steep waves for the fourth weekend of the 2016 Hamble Winter Series.

One discard kicked in with this weekend’s racing completed, which has shaken up the overall results in some classes ahead of a break weekend next week.

In IRC 1, series leader Roger Bowden’s King 40 Nifty scored a first and a third, leaving them seven points clear at the top of the results table with four races left to sail.

Richard Patrick’s First 40 Dusty P had their best day on the water so far this series, with a second and a first to place them second overall.

15 seconds behind in the first race was James Wilkie’s Reflex 38 Fast-Tack Puma, whose third and second place on Sunday leaves them third overall by four points.

IRC2 was very close between Mike Bridges’ Elan 37 Elaine and Simon Perry’s J/109 Jiraffe, who each scored a first and a second – with only 12 seconds separating the two boats in the final race of the day.

That leaves Elaine just one point ahead of Jiraffe overall, with four races left to sail. Mike Moxley’s HOD35 Malice scored two solid thirds which leaves them comfortably third overall.

IRC 3 saw some of the closest racing of the day.

The first race was won by Robin Stevenson’s J/92S Upstart, 22 seconds ahead of Annie and Andy Howe’s J/97 BlackJack II and Kevin Sussmilch’s Sigma 38 Mefisto – who were joint second on corrected time.

The second race was even tighter, with Mefisto and Upstart joint first and Jamie Muir’s SJ320 Scarlet Jester in third place.

That leaves Upstart atop the podium overall, followed by Scarlet Jester and Mefisto.

IRC 4 saw positions change throughout the fleet.

The first race was won by Sophie Chudziak and Bertrand Malas on their Corby 25 M’Enfin?!, finishing 24 seconds ahead of second-placed Respect, Stuart Danby’s Mustang 30 Mk2.

In the second race, only 36 seconds separated first and fourth place. Respect won the race, with Toby Gorman’s Sigma 33 Stan the Boat in second and Jeffrey Dakin’s Flashheart in third.

Close finish of the day went to the three Impalas Uproar, Polly and Imptish who finished within four seconds on the water.

With four races to go, Giovanni Belgrano’s Whooper sits on top of the overall results, six points clear of second-placed Respect – herself one and a half points ahead of Stan the Boat in third.

In the J/88 class, overall leaders, David and Kirsty Apthorp on J-Dream added a first and second to their scoreline to leave them four points clear at the top.

Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat scored a third and a first, and now sit three points ahead of Gavin Howe’s Tigris in the overall results.

Tigris finished second and fourth in the day’s races, with Dirk Van Beek’s Sabriel Jr scoring fourth and third.

Prize for 'best start of the day' went to J/88 Tigris, while the Top Dog award, based on the best corrected time over distance sailed, went to the Fast 40+ Tokoloshe II.

There is a well deserved Mid-series break next weekend, before the clocks go back and the series resumes on the 6 November with one race a day.

Results are at available at www.hamblewinterseries.com

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