The Royal Southern Yacht Club May Regatta, supported by Doyle Sails, was the first big open event of the year for the prestigious yacht club located on the Hamble River. 72 teams enjoyed thrilling racing in The Solent. J Boats and Grand Soleil Yachts accounted for 37 entries, winning three of the seven classes!
Results from the Royal Southern May Regatta : https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=14379
In the big boat IRC 1 Class, Tony & Sally Mack’s J/111 McFly was the winner. The 16-boat fleet was bristling with high performance yachts flying hi-tech sails. Chris Jones & Louise Jones Makin’s J/111 JourneyMaker 11 was second.
“McFly goes well in the light and planes in the heavy, so to win in medium strength air, in that fleet, was really very pleasing,” commented Tony Mack. “The afterguard made some great calls, gybing away into better pressure. But we could literally talk to JourneyMaker all the way around. On the helm I don’t get much chance to look around much, but there are some really good sailors right through the class. It was great to see six J/111s mixing it up and doing so well in an outstanding fleet.”
In IRC 2, the top eight yachts were all Key Yachting brands. Team Knight Build, racing J/112E Happy Daize and skippered by James Chalmers, was the winner. Gordon Craigen’s J/105 Jacana was second on countback from Mike & Susie Yates’ J/109 Jago. Mark Greenaway’s Grand Soleil 34 Vellamo was fourth but only on countback from Dirk & Dianne van Beek’s J/88 Sabriel Jr. Kevin Taylor’s J/99 Jump 2 it, was just a point ahead of two J/109s: Rob Cotterill’s Mojo Risin’ and Anthony & William Tahourdin Jedi. In IRC 3, Two J/92s had a terrific battle over the three races: Becky Walford’s Brenda’s J just pipped David Greenhalgh’s J’ronimo by a single point in the series.
“We are sailing covid-compliant, so just six on board, so the short races were quite hard work,” commented Happy Daize’s James Chalmers. “It is all about the teamwork shorthanded and they were just brilliant today. The boat’s going well, and it is lovely to be back out racing. We can’t wait for the next regatta, when we will be fully crewed.”
The 19-strong J/70 Class was racing in the inaugural J/70 UK Sprint Series. Five short, sharp races on a tight windward leeward course were designed for adrenalin pumping action. Simon Patterson’s Standfast was the event winner, scoring two bullets. Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat was in the top three for every race but was second by a single point. Martin Dent’s Jelvis was third, similarly just a point behind Paul Ward’s team. Charles Thompson’s Brutus II was fourth, scoring a race win in his brand-new J/70.
A big thank you to the Royal Southern Yacht Club for organising a safe and enjoyable regatta. The next big race weekend for J Boats in the UK will be all about one design. On 21-23 May, the Royal Ocean Racing Club will be hosting the Vice Admiral’s Cup with a J/111 Class. The Royal Thames Yacht Club will be hosting the J/70 UK Southern Championships, 22-23 May, also in the Solent.