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Hamble Big Boat Championships for Fast 40 and IRC 1

Last weekend saw racing for Fast 40+ and IRC 1 classes, forming the second of two Big Boat Championships weekends on the Solent.

Racing was close and exciting, with the Fast 40s in particular providing quite a spectacle as they planed downwind on Sunday.

Twelve races were sailed over the two weekends, but the results were by no means a done deal until the final day.

Four out of the five boats on the water this weekend scored wins – but it was Peter Morton and crew on Girls On Film that narrowly took home the overall title.

They finished with a three-point lead over second-place Dennis Gehrlein’s Silva Neo. Silva Neo was one point ahead of K. Miller and crew on Zephyr in third.

IRC 1 saw five winners in twelve races, and was won by Roger Bowden’s King 40 Nifty.

They sailed a consistent series, carrying only first, second and third places into the overall results after discards.

Ed Broadway’s Ker 40 Hooligan VII was only 5 points behind, with a comfortable gap opening up ahead of the third placed boat, Richard Patrick’s First 40 Dusty P.

Results are at available at www.hamblewinterseries.com

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