For its second week, the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series enjoyed sparkling conditions, sunshine and a good Force 3-5

For its second week, the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series enjoyed sparkling conditions, sunshine and a good Force 3-5 sailing breeze from the east. The same rather unseasonable weather system destroyed Geronimo’s chances of beating the Jules Verne round-the-world record but was welcomed in the Solent.

With a strong east-going tide for much of the race and a SSE breeze, Chief Race Officer David Greenway set the blue group of IRC and one design classes to start at buoy to the north of Ryde Middle. A two-mile beat to Browndown was followed by a triangle to Marsh and Sunsail, then windward-leeward legs between the marks to the south side of the Brambles and marks on Ryde Middle.

The White Group sports boat classes were closer inshore off Hill Head and were mostly set the traditional windward-leeward courses. The Hunter 707s also stuck to tradition by causing three general recalls, but the black flag penalty had them behaving more cautiously in the end and got them away at the fourth try.

In IRM, the battle of the Farr 40s and the Ker 11.3s continued, with each type again scoring one win. In IRC1, Nick Hewson’s Farr 52 Team Tonic gained her revenge with a clear five-minute victory over last week’s winner, Richard Loftus’ Swan 65 Desperado, with Peter Harrison’s Farr 52 Chernikeef just 13 seconds further adrift on corrected time.

Last week’s corrected results saw Jim Macgregor from Poole win IRC class 2 in his Elan 40; but this time, accepting a yellow-flag time penalty for an infringement meant he had to settle for second place, as Chris Walmsley’s Sanguma came through to win.

The growing X-332 class saw Russell Hodgson again in front but only by 20-odd seconds, pressed hard by Ian Dawson on Glide-X. These two seem to be opening up a gap from the rest of the class, though four more races leaves plenty of time for the others to catch up.

In the Bowsprit class, Simon Curwen’s new acquisition Voador (J/105) saw off the bigger J120s and J109s by a three-minute margin, auguring well for his planned short-handed racing inshore and offshore this season. Last week’s winner Stewart Hawthorn had to settle for second this time.

In the 1720s, Paul and Marie-Claude Heys on YachtsandYachting took two first places this week and look set for a ding-dong battle with Ian Atkins and, though the latter will not want to repeat a slip to eighth place in the second race on Sunday. Iain May and Charlie Fish consolidated their two wins of week one with two second places this time in the highly competitive Hunter 707 class.

Class winners


1st race:- El Gringo (Ker 11.3, Nicholas Hartshorn). 2nd race:- Too Steamy (Farr 40, Nick and Anne Haigh)


– Team Tonic (Farr 52, Nick Hewson)


– Sanguma (Chris Walmsley)


– Prime Cut (Oyster 37, Peter Parker)


– Frenesi of Clynder (Macgruer yawl, David Hart)

IRC5 (Sonatas)

– Missred (Toby Gorman)

Sigma 38

– Highland Spirit (Vince Hayter)

Sigma 33

– Summation (Julia Wright)


– X-Therapist (Russell Hodgson)

Bowsprit class – Voador (J 105, Simon Curwen)

Mumm 30

1st race:- Highlander III (Gregor Logan) 2nd race:- Monkey Business (David Wilkinson, Ian Poynton, Peter Edwards)


1st and 2nd races:- YachtsandYachting (Paul & Marie-Claude Heys)

Hunter 707

1st race:- Betty (Jonathan Powell) 2nd race:- Black Sheep (James Ross, Robert Fisher, J Jalfrazi)


1st race:- Turbo Services International (Laser SB3, John Hanson) 2nd race:- 3 Sad Old Blokes (Laser SB3, Jeremy Hill)