It was four seasons in one week for this historical Regatta….from gales gusting 30 knots on the Monday that forced sailing to be cancelled for all classes, Spring tides of 3-4 knots, to a windless afternoon that ended the regatta in the Solent on the Friday!
Almost 100 yachts took part, with crews from 24 yacht clubs worldwide, three grand Classics, and three elegant J class as well as modern cutting edge grand prix race boats in this IRC fleet.
160ft Eleonora, Mariquita & Sumurun were racing in class 0 IRC. It was Robert Tobin's 1914 Sumurun that took overall victory, with two seconds & two firsts in the series.
The J class yachts came up from their last meet in Falmouth & what a spectacle they were - these three beauties drew quite a crowd! Ranger, Lionheart & Velsheda racing once again in these waters…It was Ronald de Waal's Velsheda that was in command this week, in what are considered to be her 'home waters' - she came first in all her races and her class, with Lionheart 2nd, Ranger 3rd.
" This is where the J's heritage is, Velsheda's home, and so it is very special indeed to win here" commented Ronald de Waal