The HYS Hamble Winter Series starts again this weekend after the traditional mid series break at the beginning of November.
The second four weeks of the series have only one race per day as the nights close in and the winter proper begins. Even so, these four races can be crucial as discards start to play their part. So, with eight races gone and four to go it is time to look at the story so far.
In Class 1, Davanti Tyres the J/112e of Chaz Ivill and Paul Heys, leads the way with a pretty solid 9 points. However, if, Sailplane, First 40, Rob Bottomley, in second on 17 points can discard the DNS for Race 8 then things become a lot tighter. Dusty P, First 40, Richard Patrick is in third with 20 points. With only 9 points covering third to sixth there is still a lot to sail for.
Class 2, is very much a J-Boats battle. Jago, Mike and Susie Yates J/109, is in first place on 11 points from Simon Perry’s J/109, Jiraffe, second with 20. But, once again, Jiraffe has a 15 point DNC to discard. With no cancellations in the series so far, the likelihood of eleven races and three discards is pretty strong. J/88 Tigris, Gavin Howe also has 20 points in third place; just ahead of their sister ship J-Dream, Kirsty & David Apthorp on 22 points. Keeping the next four J-Boats at bay is Robbie and Lis Robinsons First 35, Hot Rats.