J/70 Club Fleet Racing


4 boats participated in last weekend’s Club J/70 racing, with one entry from Itchenor Sailing Club. A cool 10-15kt North Easterly, meant that the conditions were perfect for a short windward-leeward course to be set towards Osborne Bay.

Richard Powell and his crew of Anthony Hinton and Jake Powrie took the first win. They led from the outset, winning the start, and maintaining the lead throughout the race. Race 2 saw Richard Powell choose a port hand flyer, with Itchenor opting for the committee boat end and hitting the line bang on time- they won the start and then led the fleet round the course, winning the second race. Itchenor went on to win race 3 as well. 

Crews and Race Officials then took a short break for lunch afloat. The breeze dropped a little in the afternoon, meaning that some boats were choosing  to soak low downwind, it also meant a lot more gybing, as boats tried to cope with the rapidly ebbing tide and the lower wind speeds. By this point Itchenor had settled in to a groove, a winning groove, and proved to be unbeatable. 6 races were completed in total, with Itchenor taking 5 wins.

There was a noticeable improvement in boat handling across all of the boats, as crews got to grips with the manoeuvres, and they began to learn how to maximise their speed.
Again, the J/70s proved themselves to be the perfect boat for this short course, close fleet racing. Fun and forgiving, they provide the ideal race platform, as well as offering sailors of all standards to progress their racing knowledge and skills.

1st Harry Roome- Itchenor
2nd Ben Clothier, Chris Griffiths, Simon Harby
3rd Richard Powell, Anthony Hinton, Jake Powrie
4th Angus Prentice, Simon Talbot, Peter Schroeder