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

Photograph (c) Alan Henderson

At the Osprey End of Seasons at Rutland on October  22/23, feathers were ruffled by a cool F2/3 coming from the north east, over the dam. A class of 17 Ospreys shared the waters with Contenders and Hornets at a joint open. Ospreys came from Coniston to South Coast plus one from Wales.

The event was the last of the Osprey class’s 2016 national traveller series, so all were eager to make their mark.

Adrenaline levels rose further as rigging and launching was helped by stirring music from the club’s PA system (dambusters ?!!). The racing was close and exciting for 5 races over the weekend, but was well behaved and good natured. There was little shouting, the only problem was when two bunched fleets arrived at the leeward mark together but on different legs.

On the first day, Alastair Raynard and Rob Burdekin, who only joined the class a couple of months ago, led the way with wins in the first two races, while new combination Ben Hawkes and Peter Greig also showed promise by winning the third race. Raynard led overnight from Hawkes in second, with Chris Gould and Nick Broomhall close in third.

One of a number of big names who suffered on the first day, Martin Cooney and Peter Frith returned to form on the Sunday with the best scores of the day, but Raynard and Burdekin took top three places in both races to secure their first Osprey open win, and the first open win for a Mark V Osprey, the new epoxy Osprey which was launched this year. Cooney and Frith just edged into second overall ahead of Gould and Broomhall. Showing the variety of boats at the front, Cooney was sailing a wooden boat, while Gould competed in an FRP Mark IV.


Results
1. Alastair Raynard and Rob Burdekin, Carsington, 7pts
2. Martin Cooney and Peter Frith, Poole YC, 13pts
3. Chris Gould and Nick Broomhall, Blithfield SC, 13pts
4. Ben Hawkes and Pete Grieg, Wimbleball SC, 14pts
5. Emma Stevenson and Tim Bowden, Weymouth SC, 21pts.