|In IRC 3, Catrina Southworth’s Quarter Tonner Protis, with Ian Southworth of the helm, was the winner. Martin and Cara Moody’s Beneteau 25 Scallion was second, and Ian Handley & Tim James Mustang 30 Gr8 Banter was third.
There are some real characters racing in the Quarter Ton Class, and racing on Protis are three highly experienced sailors. Whilst enjoying a beer at the Royal Southern YC, the trio gave some serious and not so serious tips for light air racing.
“Always use the S2 when it’s below 5 knots of breeze but not if Led clips it on wrong!” commented RORC Caribbean 600 winner Ben Wood. “Put the biggest guy on the keel,” commented Sardinia Cup winner Led Pritchard. Mike Stannard has competed in multiple Admiral’s Cup campaigns but claims his greatest victory was as a youngster. “The 1983 May Cup at the Brandy Hole Yacht Club, when I beat my dad’s Solo with my Mirror dinghy is my biggest win,” commented Mike. “Led just stole my tip, as the boat seems to go much faster when I am down below! However, I used to hold the clew of the jib with a plastic trapeze handle, so as to control it and stop it flapping. In general, when it’s super light, try to stop the sails bouncing around in swell, try to keep the energy of the boat going in the right direction.”