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 David Downs

Four Ospreys joined around 30 other boats for the Roadford Rocket pursuit race at Roadford Lake on Dartmoor on Sunday 28th February. Following on from the Starcross Steamer this was the second leg of the Exe Sails sponsored SW Challenge 2016. The white horses on the lake and the whistling of the bitterly cold North Easterly breeze indicated that this was going to be a somewhat different sail than the light winds of the Steamer.

The course was effectively a figure of eight using all the area of the lake with a few fiddly bits to make sure the competitors kept concentrating! There were some fairly awesome reaches. All four Ospreys experienced some technical issues:

  • Ros and David Downs' mainsail came down before the start as the outer cover of their main halyard shredded, leaving them with just enough time to re-hoist using just the dynema core
  • Ben and Simon Hawkes had a brief dip at the windward mark
  • Paul Roberts and John Clark had a rather more significant capsize at one of the many gybe marks
  • Terry Curtis, and Peter Greig had to stop to put the rudder back on, we wonder who forgot to tie it on

However the Ospreys figured strongly at the prize giving:

  • Ros and David in 10th won the First Lady helm prize
  • Ben and Simon in 5th were the first junior helm while
  • Terry and Peter were second overall

Only the Lasers and the RS Aeros got more boats on the water than the Ospreys and the results showed the versatility of the class with boats from over 40 years old to 1 year old, wood and FRP and with junior and lady helms.

Next stop is the Exmoor Beastie on the 20th March.