Wednesday, April 7, 2010

RORC Easter Challenge Regatta

J/133 Jammy Dodger 
sailing RORC Easter off Cowes, England

J/133 JAMMY DODGER Sailing Fast

(Cowes, IOW, England)- Bright sunshine and decent wind gave the competitors in the RORC Easter Challenge a day to remember. Eddie Warden-Owen, Chief Executive of the RORC was out on the water coaching everyday and commented after the conclusion of racing.  "Today was brilliant, stunning weather, decent breeze, shifting both ways, classic west Norwest Solent conditions with the breeze coming down the Solent and out of Southampton Water. Early bias on the left gave way to advantage on the right. Great sailing and a real challenge for the competitors."

While most of the competitors from the Warsash Spring Series took a break on the holiday Easter Weekend, a few intrepid souls in the J Camp ventured forth to keep refining their program a few more increments with the help of Eddie Warden-Owen's crew.  Amongst them in Class IRC Zero was Neil Martin's J/133 JAMMY DODGER.  Neil practiced his tactics/ strategy in Key West Race Week on his J/80.  And, it seems some of that work is paying off.  Neil had a very consistent regatta and was rewarded with third overall in an extremely competitive IRC Class Zero grouping.  Meanwhile, not to be outdone by its larger sister, the British Keelboat Academy's J/80, helmed by Mark Lees, completed the Easter weekend in third.   For more RORC sailing info.     Photo credits- Paul Wyeth