Southern Area Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club

Visitors from Cowes and Burnham along with the locals from HISC, made up an impressive fleet of 22 RS Elites racing for the Southern Area Championships. They were dished up a big weekend of weather with 22-27 knots of southerly wind kicking up a monster sea over the windward-leeward course in Hayling Bay. The fleet got away on time for Race 1 on Saturday, setting off on an epic one mile beat before surfing downwind with big gains to be made steering down the waves. Foudafafa (76 - Mike McIntyre, Caroline McIntyre and Simon Childs) came out on top with Wombat (55 - Russell Peters, Zeb Elliott and Mark Darling) second and No Riff Raff (20 - Tom Hewitson, Mitch Webb and Andrew Bonsey) in third.

The breeze eased to 15 -20 knots for Race 2 with reigning champion More T Vicar (67 Ossie Stewart, Cameron Stewart and Tom Stewart) breaking clear of the pack to build a comfortable lead and take the win with Wombat once again in second and Foudafafa in third. The third and final race of the day was a much more genteel affair in 12-14 knots of breeze with Foudafafa and Legs Eleven (11 - Paul Fisk, Martin Grady and Caroline Fisk) taking advantage of a left hand shift to open a gap to the battle for third place between No Riff Raff and Centurion (101 - Robert Holbrook). Once again Foudafafa took the race win with Legs Eleven in second and Centurion third. So, at the end of Day 1 and after 1 discard, Foudafafa were overnight leaders counting two bullets, with Wombat in second on 4 points and Legs Eleven third on 6 points.

After a Jägerbomb-tastic party night shared with a magnificent wedding party, the skies cleared on Sunday morning and the breeze was back up to 20-25 knots from the west for the start of Race 4. Wombat got off the start line cleanly from the pin end to open up an unassailabe lead by the windward mark. After a mediocre day on Saturday Aelous (33 - Mike Thomson, T Price and H Mclean) found the go button to lead the chasing pack of Foudafafa and Shaken Not Stirred (7 - Colin, Paul and Jamie Smith) who had also had an indifferent first day (by their standards) due to gear failure. The finishing order was Wombat, Aeolus and Foudafafa. For the final race, the breeze built further to a solid 25-30 knots as Wombat and Shaken Not Stirred fought for the lead with Aeolus chasing in third. They finished in that order with Mzungu (65 - Toby Strauss, Rob Cruickshank and Quentin Strauss) recording their best result of the regatta in fourth.

With five races completed, Wombat came out Championship winners on six points with Foudafafa close behind in second on eight points, Shaken Not Stirred third, No Riff Raff fourth and Legs Eleven fifth.

A huge thank you to Race Officer Steve Hine and his team for loading up on Stugeron and braving the big seas to lay on a first class regatta. The competitors went home smiling.

 

Overall Results:

 

PosSail NoHelmCrewCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st 55 Russell Peters Zeb Elliott Mark Darling HISC 2 2 ‑6 1 1 6
2nd 76 Mike McIntyre Caroline McIntyre Simon Childs HISC 1 3 1 3 ‑9 8
3rd 7 Colin Smith Jamie Smith Paul Smith HISC 5 ‑11 5 4 2 16
4th 20 Tom Hewitson Mitch Webb Andrew Bonsey HISC 3 6 4 5 ‑7 18
5th 11 Paul Fisk Martin Grady Caroline Fisk HISC ‑10 4 2 7 6 19
6th 67 Ossie Stewart Cameron Stewart Tom Stewart HISC ‑9 1 9 9 5 24
7th 92 James Yearsley Anna Wells Jonny Costard HISC 4 7 7 6 (DNF) 24
8th 33 M Thomson T Price H Mclean ESSC 11 ‑17 13 2 3 29
9th 65 Toby Strauss Q Strauss Rob Cruickshank HISC 7 9 ‑12 10 4 30
10th 101 Robert Holbrook Royal Yacht Squadron ‑15 13 3 11 8 35
11th 40 Owen Bowerman Roddy Bowerman HISC ‑12 10 10 8 11 39
12th 12 Tim Peters Andrew Jameson James Grant HISC 8 8 8 (DNF) DNC 47
13th 24 Nick Peters Helen Everest Douglas Peniston HISC 6 5 14 (DNC) DNC 48
14th 46 Pete Copsey Tim Copsey Frazer Graham HISC 13 ‑16 11 12 13 49
15th 1 Jon Butler Paul Kate Keeping HISC 14 12 ‑15 13 14 53
16th 43 Mike Dawe Paul Carpenter Mike Partridge HISC ‑16 14 16 15 10 55
17th 100 Charles Egerton‑Warburton Andrew Brown / Debbie Jarvis James Royal Yacht Squadron ‑18 15 17 14 12 58
18th 31 Gareth Davies Mike Stone Annabel Bates Royal Burnham YC ‑20 19 18 16 17 70
19th 25 Andrew Archibald Mike Rapson Pippa Archibald HISC 21 18 (DNC) 17 15 71
20th 69 Nick Lowe Martin Wicks HISC (DNC) 21 20 18 16 75
21st 29 Jamie Muir Greg Lamb Gary Bettesworth HISC 19 20 19 (DNC) DNC 81
22nd 6 Andy Partington Gareth Edwards Karen Partington HISC 17 (DNF) DNC DNC DNC 86