|X One Design Central Solent Championships 2008|
XOD Central Solent Championships, Royal Air Force Yacht Club, 19th & 20th July 2008
Report & images by Eddie Mays
This weekend the Hamble Division of the X One design class celebrated 80 years of racing on the River Hamble. The class held two events to commemorate the occasion. On Friday the Hamble River S.C. held a five race Anniversary Regatta, followed by a Fish Supper at their clubhouse and over the weekend the RAF Yacht Club hosted the annual Central Solent championships.
The weekend attracted visitors both from the Itchenor and the newly formed Cowes divisions as well as most of the Hamble boats. The recent pattern of strong winds was very evident on Saturday when the fleet sailed four windward / leeward races. The wind varied between West & Northwest and from 15 to 25 knots, with one gust of 29 knots recorded, near the top of the acceptable range for these traditional boats. Peter Taylor (X192) from Itchenor had the best of the first race and he was followed home by clubmate Ted Roose (X101) and Hamble’s Nick Brebner (X54). After a short delay to re-lay the course the next race was the closest of the day. Diana Wilson’s X13, the 2nd oldest boat racing, took the gun by two seconds from Ted Roose with Simon Russell (X166) a further four seconds astern. By 1400, when the third race was starting, the Sportsboats who had been racing in the Royal Southern’s July Regatta were being sent back as the wind was too strong further out in the Solent. The wind had swung back to the NW and this change brought Peter Taylor back to the head of the fleet but 2nd place went to Neil Payne, who was racing his recently restored X53 for the first time, and Ted Roose consolidated his position by taking 3rd.
The day’s final race saw Simon Russell get the first home success but Peter Taylor finished 2nd & Neil Payne was 3rd. This left the overnight situation with five boats in with a realistic chance of the title. After the racing the club laid on a Bar-B-Que for the sailors and it was good to see that even after a day’s hard racing everyone stayed on to enjoy the food and the club facilities (the Bar). Neil Payne even motored over to join the rest of the competitors, having sailed back to Cowes first. By Sunday morning the wind had eased slightly and was steady out of the Northwest. The fleet were set a long course round the racing marks in the west of the central Solent. Starting near Chilling (Stormforce Coaching to the modernists) the course cascaded eastwards to Flying Fish before finishing at East Knoll. After two hours racing and numerous changes of lead the first four boats finished within a minute. Neil Payne recorded his first victory. Peter Baines helming John Harding’s X90 came 2nd, Simon Russell was 3rd just ahead of Ted Roose 4th and, significantly Peter Taylor was 5th. After discarding their worst result overall victory went to Peter Taylor, Neil Payne was 2nd and Ted Roose completed a hat trick of success for the visitors. Simon Russell led a trio of home boats in 4th place.
The Winner Overall
1st 192 Felix Peter Taylor Itchenor 9 pts
2nd 53 Quest Neil Payne Cowes 10 pts
3rd 101 Thora Ted Roose Itchenor 11 pts
4th 166 Swallow Simon Russell Hamble 12 pts
5th 13 Mischief Diana Wilson Hamble 21 pts
6th 90 Calypso John Harding Hamble 21 pts
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