Academy Winter Racing, 12th Dec 2020

Race Reports by James Peters, Calypso, and Ellie Gillespie, Solent White

Dec 15, 2020
Thirteen J/70's were greeted with superbly warm (for December!) and windy weather conditions for the first Royal Southern YC Academy Racing series regatta of the winter. Races were kept short and sharp with the race committee and mark layers acting efficiently to keep the crews on their toes and warm throughout. Calypso were off to a good start winning the first race, before Jeepster stormed away from the fleet in the second taking the win. Calypso were back on form in the third before Simon Patterson on Standfast and Lutz Stragemann on 1170 (unnamed!) flew down the last run to take the wins in the fourth and fifth races respectively. With four different teams taking individual race wins, overall, it was really anyone's for the taking. However, Calypso were the most consistent and finally took the overall win, followed by Jeepster and Standfast completing the podium on joint points.
With the race committee firing off all five races in quick succession, the fleet were back on-shore in time for a late lunch, with some even managing to catch the last of the afternoon sun on the club patio with a warm drink in hand. A big thanks from the competitors go to the Royal Southern YC, race committee and safety crew for managing to run the racing so efficiently and fairly; a wonderful and safe day's racing was had by all.
James Peters, Calypso 
This was our first time back on the water as a university team since the lockdown ended, and it couldn’t have been better, the sun was shining and there was about 15 knots of wind. We sailed out towards the racecourse and started race 1. We had a few troubles with twisted kites for both downwind legs but eventually managed to untwist it. We had a really good start for race 2 which meant we were racing in the fleet properly and the downwind leg was pretty fun (after the small twist) and fast! The last 3 races we were getting better as there were no hiccups. We improved our roles on the boat as each race went by and manoeuvres were getting quicker towards the final races. We came away overall with 13, 12, 13, 11 and 12. 
This event is good way to get into keelboating and experience it with other universities and youth teams alongside you. Our team was extremely new to J70 sailing, our helm Chris and Amelia hadn’t sailed a J70 before and myself, and Niamh was our second time and we were all very pleased with how the event was run! This type of event suited our university sailing club because it is well priced for the charter and affordable for a days racing with a good number of races back to back, which allow room to improve on each time. It is a good steppingstone for those who want to progress from dinghies into keelboating, and those who want to gain experience and have fun. The staff were also helpful which we appreciated as a new team! We will definitely be entering future events as this was very much enjoyed by our team!
Ellie Gillespie, Solent White, in Club J/70 Boysterous

All Royal Southern race results can be found at

Photo credit: William Avery


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