Unseasonal conditions, sun and a steady 12 knot breeze greeted the J70 class enjoying the Royal Southern Academy Frostbite training series on Saturday 23rd February. The short 30 minute three lap multirotational races made for great crew training for the 2019 season. The J70 class with a 2019 grand slam series, mainly in the Solent, challenges the teams to get the best crew team training available. Errors are swiftly exploited in the Southern’s competitive short racing which keeps the fleet in close proximity. These races expose crew shortcomings and indeed gear operational capability. Square lines and challenging starts coupled with dead runs gave overtaking opportunities on every leg and mark rounding, indeed, on Saturday the pecking order changed in almost every race with some leaders loosing on legs they may not have expected!
Photo credit: Chris Gillingham
The Royal Southern with its own crane in facility is this year hosting the 2019 Landsail Tyres J-Cup which will incorporate a J70 training regatta ahead of the J70 Worlds in Torbay in September. The club is also providing the J70 class with racing in the Summer Series Regattas, starting in May, with courses orientated to what may be expected in the forthcoming Grand Slam events.
Photo credit: Mike Foster
The third and final event in the three part Royal Southern Academy Frostbite Series resumes on the 16th March - for more information, contact Emily at the Royal Southern YC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results from first two events can be found below and the third and final event in the Series, to be held on 16th March, will find a Series Champion.