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

Ospreys came to the class’s Northern stronghold, Kielder Water SC, for three days of good sailing from 9 to 11 September. Friday 9th was a practice day, for sail testing and boat bimbling, before the five race Championship started on Saturday 10th. The event sponsor was the Pennine Brewing Co.

The local fleet had just had a new addition, with Graham Thumwood having bought a Mark IV Osprey just days before the Championship, while the visit of the latest Mark V Osprey added to the intrigue. How fast would it be? In addition to Graham Thumwood’s boat having come all the way from the South coast, Alex and Nick Willis from Hayling Island brought another visiting boat from far afield, bolstering the Scottish & Northern fleet.

Saturday brought light shifty winds, and Alan Henderson and Alastair Barrie from Prestwick took a pair of wins, with Rob Shaw and Ian Little from Kielder claiming the second race. These two boats were pushed hard by Alastair Reynard and Rob Burdekin, from Carsington, showing their new Mark V to be very competitive.

Sunday brought bigger winds from the South, and other boats struck form, especially two of the class’s lady helms. Shaw and Little led the first race initially but Alexandra and Nick Willis took over to win, while Shaw in second place was pushed hard by Viola and Mike Scott in third. In race 5 this time Shaw was overtaken by Viola Scott, but the excitement of gaining the lead proved too much and the Scotts capsized.  Shaw gratefully accepted the lead, but was again pushed hard by the Willis’s. Shaw and Little held on to take their second win of the event, and to clinch the Championship. Henderson and Barrie took second overall, with Reynard and Burdekin third. A great second day propelled Alexandra Willis into fourth overall, and first lady.

Reynard and Burdekin’s Mark V was universally admired, and not just by Osprey sailors, so with the gearing up of production rate over the winter, the class is looking forward to an exciting 2017.

Racing in the eight boat fleet was very close, and all competitors, whether in Marks  III, IV or V, enjoyed spells at or near the front at some point in the weekend.

This event was also part of the class’s national series, and the final event of that series will be the Welsh & Midlands Championship at Rutland on October 22/23. Welsh Osprey sailors also have events at Portishead on Sept 24, and Tata on October 1/ 2 to look forward to, as part of the South Wales circuit.


Results overall

1.    Rob Shaw and Ian Little, Kielder Water SC, 6 pts. Mark IV
2.    Alan Henderson and Alastair Barrie, Prestwick SC, 10 pts. Mark IV
3.    Alastair Reynard and Rob Burdekin, Carsington SC, 11 pts. Mark V
4.    Alex and Nick Willis, Hayling Island SC, 14 pts. Mark III.
Full results on Sailwave at http://sailwave.com/results/kwsc/2016_September_Open_Ospreys.htm

Gallery of all the photographs supplied