By invitation of Key Yachting
Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club 24-26 June, 2021.
Round 3 of the Grand Slam Series was won in the Open Class by J/70 World Champions, Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat, scoring a 1-4-2 on the final day to win the J/70 Class at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. Having won the class in 2019 and 2020, it was a hatrick of wins for the team.
Nick Phillips’ Chaotic outscored the world champs on the final day, posting a 2-2-1 to finish the regatta in second place. Martin Dent’s Jelvis finished third.
The UK fleet is getting more and more competitive, we are finding it really hard work, and we love it” commented Paul Ward. “There is a very good UK fleet, a number of really good professional sailors, but more importantly a bunch of really good Corinthian sailors. They have found the best one-design sailing anywhere. We have regular racing in fleets of 20 boats or more – great racing and a really good time. Eat Sleep’ is off to the worlds in California next, there are about 40 good American teams, it will be great to get back racing against them.”
Nine of the 20 teams in the J-Cup J/70 Class were Corinthian, and three made the top ten of the Open Class. Patrick Liardet’s J/70 Cosmic held on to finish the regatta as the top Corinthian boat for the Grand Slam Series Round 2. Charles Thompson’s Brutus II came with one point of catching Cosmic. Greg Hall’s Sceptre was third.
Patrick commented on the penultimate day. ” “It has been a long time since we have raced, and that brings doubts into your mind. We have had two great days racing, and the crew work has been just fantastic, and we are obviously delighted to be scoring so well.”