The 2018 Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series produced a bumper turn out for the J/70 Class with 30 teams taking part in the 14 race series and an amazing 16 teams making the podium. Racing was generally held in light winds, however on the last day, a chilly northerly, peaking at 15 knots, sent a chill through the 24-strong J/70 fleet, but it did produce a red hot finish with Calascione & Ripard’s Maltese flagged Calypso taking the series win.
The Warsash Spring Championship scores two rounds of the J/70 UK Grand Slam 2018. Latest results of the series are posted at: https://j-70.co.uk/grand-slam-2018/
Marshall King driver for Ian Wilson’s Soak Racing sets the scene: “On the second weekend the wind was offshore making it snakes and ladders sailing. Soak Racing went into last day tied on points for the lead with Calascione/Ripard with just three races left. They took a big win in Race 12, we fought back from deep in the fleet to record a 6th. Race 13 went to us, but Calascione/Ripard fought back from deep in the fleet, and found a private gust down the last run, popped on the plane and managed to grab a last minute third place. So all set for final race showdown. We needed to put two boats between us and them to win. We got off the line well and were 5th at top mark with Calascione/Ripard buried in the teens. Runs were tricky and we dropped down to 7th at one point but managed to climb back up to round the last leeward mark in 4th with two boats between us and Calascione/Ripard, who had done an amazing job to get back in the hunt. Although we managed to gain a place to 3rd on last beat, Calascione/Ripard gained two places and finished 5th, giving them the series by a point. Great racing provided by Warsash SC White Committee.”
Martin Dent’s Jelvis took third for the series. “It was a great Spring Champs this year, the Race Committee got 14 great races away in a whole range of conditions. It was a bit light on the wind front and shifty out of the North but nice to be able to get it up on the step on the last day for our sail home to Cowes! The standard of the fleet is high; even with the Black or U Flag out for most starts, the fleet were all nailing the line and one mistake and you are spat out the back. We’ve been sailing outside the UK mainly, in Vigo Winter Series and Miami so to come home and find the UK fleet so hot, is great. For our part we were very pleased with our result: new guys on the team who’d not sailed together or done much if any on the 70, we all had a great time and learnt loads.”
Race winners in the J/70 Class included: Douglas Struth’s DSP, Simon Ling’s Team Spitfire. Podium places were scored by Philip Rees’ Bryn, Jack Davies’ Yeti, John Greenland’s Jdog,Simon Childs’ F’In Majic 2, David McLeman’s Offbeat, Paul Ward’s Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, Simon Cavey’s Just4play, Clive Bush’s Darcey, Patrick Liardet’s Cosmic, and Lawrie Smith’s Alfie.
Full results from the J/70 Class at the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series: http://warsashspringseries.org.uk/2018/results/whitechampionshipj7series.htm
The Nine Regatta J/70 UK Class Grand Slam Series continues with the J-Cup hosted by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes from May 25-27, 2018.