ROUND 1: 2021 J/70 UK Grand Slam Series
25-26 April 2021
23 teams competed in Round One of the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series. Organised by the Warsash Sailing Club as part of the Warsash Spring Championships 2021.
Calascione & Peters racing Calypso took the first victory in the seven-event series, scoring three wins out of seven races held in brisk and beautiful conditions in The Solent.
Paul Ward’s Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat recovered from a Black Flag DSQ to post consistent results but fell short by a single point to finish second. Nick Phillips’ Chaotic scored a hat trick of bullets in the final three races snatching third place, ahead of Graham Clapp’s Jeepster and Martin Dent’s Jelvis.
Notable performances included Simon Patterson’s Standfast, Jonnie Goodwin’s Harlequin and Charles Thompson’s Brutus. The mid-fleet peloton is always a competitive arena in the J/70 Class with three teams tied on points after seven races. Duncan McCarthy’s team came out on top on countback from J/70 stalwart Patrick Liardet, racing Cosmic, and a new team in the J/70 Class, Tony Dickin’s Excess.