RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup & UK Southern Area Championships

Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Vice Admiral’s Cup was the second event of the SB20 Solent Series, the third event of the SB20 National series and the SB20 Southern Area Championships. This great three day, 8-race, event over a windward leeward courses produced tight racing in the fleet which included one of the world’s leading SB20 teams, “Xcellent,” (Pollard, Procter, Smith). On paper it was their event to lose.

On the first day it was clear that there was going to be little wind unless a SW sea breeze were to develop. The excellent race management team, headed up by Stuart Childerley held its nerve and eventually got 3 quick-fire races run from 15:30, with enough wind on a couple of legs to be heated, so at 19:30 when the fleet made it back to the dock there were grins all round. The Hamble based boats adjourned to the King & Queen pub in Hamble for beers, food and “if onlys”. After the first day Team “Xcellent” led with 1,1,3, two points ahead of “Braking Bod” (Whelan, McAdam, Chapman) with 3,2,1 who in turn were 4 points ahead of “Whyaduck” (Clay, Wakefield, Innes, French) and “Sharc” (Sheppard, Marsh, Cumpsty) who between them had filled all of the remaining top 4 race positions).

Day two brought another delayed start with one race completed before the sea breeze swung into action which gave very similar conditions to day one of tight tactical racing in challenging conditions. Team “Xcellent” swept all before them with three wins and was clearly boat of day so had pretty much wrapped up the series with a day to spare. “Whyaduck” had closed the gap to “Breaking Bod” by a point with “Sharc” dropping back a tad as “Sail Navy” (Farrington, Shrives) “Carnage” (Kirby), and “Reach Around (Sutherland, Gauvain) all followed closely. Another feature of the day was the rare sight of our Chairman, “Paul Hine,” who guest steered “6A Vision Homes” (Noe, Noe, Hine) whilst “Peter Noe” the normal helm had to run a dance party for 20(ish) 9 year old girls!

The final day of racing brought difficult conditions for the committee with the beat crossing a strong east going tide. This in turn led to fairly one way beats, although the shifting wind in the middle of an 20 degree wind bend did leave room for snakes and ladders. The first race was led by “Reach Around” from start until the last couple of hundred yards when a poorly executed gybe allowed “Breaking Bod” to sneak its second win of the series. Pollard completed the podium with “Whyaduck” finishing fourth. With these results the overall podium for the event was set. In the final race “Xcellent” tacked off the pin and were not troubled in the race again. “Breaking Bod” came in second following a close tussle with “Sharc,” who elected to go to the unfavoured leeward gate after the first lap which also let “Reach Around” into third, a position it did not relinquish.

So in the final reckoning Team “Xcellent” showed its class and won with 8 points, “Breaking Bod” were second (15 points) and “Whyaduck” third (25 points). “Sharc” (28 points) and “Reach Around” (29 points) rounded off the top five.

Prize Giving for the Vice Admiral’s Cup took place shortly after racing at the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Prize Giving for the Southern Area Championships will take place at the SB20 Nationals next month.

The next event will be SB20 Class UK Sprint Championships and FSE Robline UK Nationals at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club on 14 June. If you would like to join us for this 4 day extravaganza and do not have a boat please let office@sb20.org.uk know as there are boats available to charter and teams looking for crew. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome by both the club and the class.

Our apoligies where some crew names are not incuded in the above report. If you can fill in any blanks please message us or comment and we will edit accordingly.

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