Aug 22, 2020
At the 2020 Hamble Classics Regatta today full racing was cancelled due to strong winds in the Solent but instead an all-in handicap fun race up Southampton Water was offered with eight boats taking up the challenge. Principal Race Officer Peter Bateson aboard the Wetwheels Hamble boat skippered by Dick Long set a course from Fawley Deep buoy just outside the River Hamble to Netley buoy with two laps. The three Spirits were soon streaking ahead but after 85 minutes of racing it was Simon Osgood’s Nordic Folkboat ‘So!’ that saved her time by almost 4 minutes. Second on handicap was David Grylls' 'Helen of Durgan' three seconds ahead of her Spirit sistership ‘Dido' with Michael Briggs’s Mikado close behind. Tomorrow’s forecast wind of 14-20 knots looks good for all classes to get racing.