Southerly Regatta 2010

Southerly Regatta 2010

16th June, 2010

This year a fleet of 30 Southerlys and owners assembled at Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight, accompanied by the Southerly Team and marine suppliers for the 19th Annual Southerly Rendezvous and Regatta. Guests enjoyed a welcome Pimms reception & BBQ in the evening sunshine on the lawn of the Royal Solent Yacht Club.

Monday 1st June - Race 1, sponsored by Lombard A light breeze filled in from the East, as the skies cleared and boats gathered for a RSYC committee boat start. The first days racing consisted of two short races around the Western Solent.

As the Southerly fleet lined up to start, it was clear that many had underestimated the strength of the tides around Yarmouth, at full flood. It was apparent that local knowledge today was going to be key! As the start gun went, all boats were clear and headed off towards the first mark on the mainland shore. For many boats racing for the first time in Solent waters, it would be a real challenge spotting the lay line with the tides but also the many back eddies that exist along each shore.

As the race went on, the wind veered round to the South, allowing the fleet to reach back along the mainland shore to finish - perfect conditions for raising the lift keel and hiding out of the tide in the shallows.

Monday 1st June - Race 2, sponsored by Selden Soon after finishing race 1, the race committee were keen to start the fleet again, this time on a shorter course than before, as by now, the light airs had started to fade even more. A better start that afternoon meant the fleet quickly sped away towards Hampstead Ledge and Newtown. As the last few boats rounded the mark and reached back with asymmetric gennakers flying, the tide was fast ebbing and carried the boats back towards the bottom mark and finish.

Clearly the crew of RS Bounty had someone watching over them for this race, as they ghosted over the line in 2-3 kts of breeze. The few boats following close behind seemed to just stop dead as the wind completely faded away to nothing. Top marks to many who promptly demonstrated the fine art of sailing backwards, as the tide got the better of them.

Tuesday 2nd June - Race 3, sponsored by Lewmar The following day brought more light airs as the Southerly fleet gathered to start on the club line, ready to race out of the Solent and down to Poole. The fleet set off on a broad reach as they rounded Hurst and headed up the North Channel to catch the first of the ebb tide. What a fantastic sight this made, some thirty Southerly's racing along the shore as they sailed into Christchurch Bay. From afar, all you could see were the colourful gennakers emerging from the mist.

With a time limit set for 5 o'clock, many boats now felt it was better to get into Poole and start the partying early. However, one boat, S110 ‘Troldand' was intent on finishing what they had started as they pushed on to the finish, with minutes to spare - 3 minutes before the time limit to be exact, as they crossed the line to take fourth place. A valiant effort.

A pleasant evening meal at a local Italian restaurant in Poole Harbour was a great way for everyone to end the day, recap on their sailing tactics and plan activities for their lay day.

Thursday 4th June - Race 3, sponsored by Raymarine After the owner's dock party on the lay day you could see many owners were less than keen to be up first thing in the morning to catch the tide and race back to Beaulieu. Less so, when they arrived at the start to End that once again, there was no wind! At least whilst everyone waited for the wind, the sun was out and all had plenty to watch as the race committee boat demonstrated man over board manoeuvres in Poole Bay!

Soon the wind filled in, as promised, and the fleet set off towards the Solent. As the day went on, the wind built to a steady 15 kts as the 30 strong Southerly fleet powered in through the Hurst narrows into the Solent. A short beat to finish saw many boats take advantage of the tide turning later on the Island shore as the fleet closed on the front runners, a remarkably close finish to the days sailing.

A leisurely motor along the scenic Beaulieu River to Buckler's Hard was particularly relaxing in the glorious afternoon sunshine. The Grand Prize Giving evening was held at the Domus Abbey where Derrick and Janet Gill were awarded the Southerly Cup.

Overall the week provided some fantastic, whilst challenging sailing conditions. It was great to see, once again, so many Southerly owners taking part.

RESULTS Race 1, Sponsored by Lombard Troldand S110 - Sten & Rosemary Englestolt Distraction S38 - Derrick & Janet Gill Seaspine S135RS - Alan & Caroline Crockard Race 2, Sponsored by Selden RS Bounty S46RS - Adrian Bligh Race 3, Sponsored by Lewmar Distraction S38 - Derrick & Janet Gill Carpe Diem S42RST - Ian Campbell Dutch Courage S42RST - John & Lia Eastes Troldand S110 - Sten & Rosemary Englestoft Race 4, Sponsored by Raymarine Roshanak S32 - Julian & Diana Hansen Augusta S110 - Mike & Kay Vickery Ellie Pimms S115 - David & Janis Thomas OVERALL RESULTS Distraction S38 - Derrick & Janet Gill Troldand S110 - Sten & Rosemary Englestoit Roshanak S32 - Julian & Diana Hansen Dutch Courage of Cowes S115 - Nigel Campling Augusta S110 - Mike & Kay Vickery Flying Cloud S110 - Jonathon & Jill Barker Gneiss Fantasy S46RS - Malcolm & Claire King Seaspine S135RS - Alan & Caroline Crockard Sea Legs S32 - Peter Leggett RS Bounty S46RS - Adrian Bligh We would like to thank everyone who attended the Southerly Regatta and look forward to another successful event next year.

The 2011 Southerly Regatta will be held on Sunday 22nd – Friday 27th May 2011 at St. Peter Port, Guernsey.