Next Class Events

The Solent Forts Race is a long-distance event set in the Eastern Solent, with Hayling Island and Portsmouth to the North and the Isle of Wight to the West. It is the first event in the 2018 Allen Endurance Series.

Solent Forts Race

The Highcliffe Open [joint event with Contender Class] is taking place on 9th & 10th June.

Highcliffe SC Open

Isle of Sheppey SC Open is on 16th & 17th June and is preceeded on Friday 15th June by a Class Coaching day led by Adam Bowers, which is FREE to Osprey Class Association members.

Isle of Sheppey SC Open

Poole Open Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2018 Come to Poole Yacht Club for the usual excellent racing with our fleet of 17 home boats. Once again we are joining with the Contender fleet (separate starts) On the Saturday evening, we have arranged a repeat of last year’s “Mid-summer Madness”; LIVE MUSIC and a bar extension till midnight. In 2017 this was PYC’s event of the year. Why not bring your partner and join us in 2018. There are spaces for camper vans and we may be able to find beds for some lucky visitors. Contact Chris Playfair: 07952551524, chrisplayfair@gmail.com Details will be on the Poole Yacht Club Website

Southern Area Championship

Report by Nick Bromhall and photos by Alistair Barrie

 

The Osprey Welsh and Midlands Championship held at Blithfield SC on the 1st and 2nd April 2017 attracted 18 entrants, including three new Hartley Mark V’s, with competitors travelling from as far as Prestwick SC in the North to Poole YC in the South.  Seven of the competitors had arrived at the club as early as Thursday evening and blew any winter cobwebs away by attending an excellent race training day on Friday run by Tim Rush.

Saturday morning brought a pleasant westerly Force 2/3 so the scene was set for some great early spring racing.  Race Officer Bill Watson briefed the competitors on the recent RYA initiative of changing to the use of the U flag instead of the dreaded “Black Flag” following a general recall, but he needn’t have worried as usual the Osprey sailors were generally well behaved and timed their starts pretty well and so the U flag stayed well-hidden all day.

Sailing was extremely competitive throughout the fleet in all three races sailed on Saturday with various boats getting in the top five during the course of the day, but one team stood out from the crowd.  Gareth Caldwell and Jon Gibbons sailing at their home club in their Mark IV sailed superbly all day and returned to the clubhouse with three bullets so were clear overnight leaders.  

However, they didn’t have it all their own way [see above photo] on the water and were pushed hard by various teams including Terry Curtis and Peter Greig (1281 Castle Cove SC) who sat in second overnight, and father and son team George and Harry Odling (Plymouth Uni) in third, both sailing wooden Mark III’s showing the longevity of the Osprey fleet.

After a great day sailing the competitors joined club members in the club house to sing to “Birthday Boy” Terry Curtis, who apparently was born on 1st April, half a century ago!  Then everyone tucked in to the legendary Blithfield Hog Roast, washed down with copious quantities of Black Country draught ales – it was a late finish for some!

Competitors awoke on Sunday to find a beautiful spring morning with a light F2 breeze from the North.  With a kick off at 10:00 some of the competitors were perhaps regretting their late night revelling as Bill Watson was forced to bring out the U flag for the first time following the first general recall of the weekend!  However another father and son team, Simon and Ben Hawkes were wide awake from the off and took a port flyer on the line, successfully crossing the entire fleet.  Ben had not been seen in the clubhouse all evening on Saturday as he had apparently decided to have an early night but rumours were rife that he may not have been alone!  Unfortunately at the windward mark it became apparent that although they had initially crossed in front of the fleet, the tactic had not paid off and they eventually finished 5th in race 4.  The front two boats of Curtis/Greig and Caldwell/Gibbons broke away to have a great battle with places changing several times, with Curtis/Greig eventually holding on for their first win of the series.  However, a 2nd for Caldwell/Gibbons was enough to seal the overall victory and so they headed back to the clubhouse after race 4 to refresh themselves with tea and homemade cakes from the galley.

The wind was reducing in strength and so Bill Watson got race 5 underway quickly whilst there was still enough breeze for good racing.  Clearly the early night for Ben Hawkes paid off as they led from the off and pulled out a healthy lead to record a win , with Odling/Odling finshing 2nd and father and daughter team Alex and Nick Willis finishing their campaign with an excellent 3rd place in race 5.

So the deserved winners of the Osprey Welsh and Midlands Championship 2017 are Gareth Cauldwell [left] and Jon Gibbons [right] sailing 1331 Odeline at their home club.

The general verdict of the sailors was that they had a great weekend of sailing and some super socialising and great food.  Hope you can all make it back to Blithfield next year!

Top 5 Results [full results with highlighting of 1, 2 & 3 in each race plus column sort options]

1. Gareth Caldwell and Jon Gibbons, Blithfield SC, 5pts

2. Terry Curtis and Pete Greig, Castle Cove SC, 12 pts

3. George and Harry Odling, Plymouth Uni SC, 13 pts

4. Simon and Ben Hawkes, Wimbleball SC, 15 pts

5. Alexandra and Nick Willis, Hayling Island SC, 20 pts