505 European and UK national champions Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane win the final 505 Eurocup Series event at Hayling Island Sailing Club
Judging by the commitment many 505 sailors showed to the class dinner held at HISC on Saturday night, many didn’t expect to go racing today, hedging their bets against the forecast. However, the wind gods decided otherwise and the fleet set sail for the final 2 races of the series in a north westerly (plus or minus 45 degrees) 4-8kts. After a couple of failed starts and one race abandoned due to the wind collapsing across the course the breeze eventually settled in the north west and the race officer managed to get the fleet away.
The first race was won by Tom Gillard and Geoff Edwards from the ever present Paul Brotherton and Alain Sign, with many of the front runners struggling to make their way through the fleet. It was more like inland sailing than a sea event but it added to the variety for the sailors. Eventually the breeze appeared to settle but the fleet started the last race in a big right hand shift, taking the leaders almost the whole way to the windward mark. The remaining 2 laps were about tacking when the jib backed and gybing frequently on the shifts. Again the Brotherton and Sign team lead from start to finish closely pursued by Penny and Russ Clark in second with the eventual winners, Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane in 3rd. With first and second in the bag, the final race results meant the third podium spot was seized by the Clarks.
The great effort by the race team to complete the series meant everyone including visitors from Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium and the USA saw UK sailing at its best, strong winds on day one, medium breeze for day two and light and shifty for the finale. Many thanks to the whole team at Hayling Island Sailing Club and to Ian Mitchell for leading the event organisation.
The 505 Eurocup comes to the UK on 6-8 September 2019.
Hayling Island Sailing Club has a long involvement with the 505 class having hosted many Eurocup Events, 505 Nationals and the 505 World Championships twice. The club is the largest in the UK and is renowned for excellent race management and superb sailing waters.
The racing will be outside the harbour in Hayling Bay and at this time of year the water will be at its warmest, with a combination of sea breeze and gradient winds hopefully to give good sailing conditions, as happened last year.
Racing will take place in Hayling Bay or Chichester Harbour, for Tidal Sets – Click Here
Registration Friday 6 Sept from 09:00 hrs
Briefing for competitors on Friday 6 Sept at 11:00 hrs.
The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race on Friday 6 Sept is 13:00 hrs, and on other days is 11:00 hrs.
Hayling Island is located on the South Coast near Portsmouth and so has excellent transport links. If you are flying to the UK then London Gatwick or Heathrow are less than 2 hours drive away. Southampton Airport is less than 1 hour away. For ferries Portsmouth is a 45 minutes drive and Dover or the Eurotunnel approx 2.5 hours drive.
There is accommodation available at the sailing club or plenty of B&B / AirBnB options locally. Campervans are no longer allowed at the Club but there are several campsites within a short walk – if you need any assistance with this please let Ian Mitchell know ([email protected] / +447909 527857).
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Hayling Island has a beautiful sandy beach for sunny days and a very large modern club house. If biking or hiking are your thing then Queen Elizabeth Country Park is 40 minutes with the South Downs or New Forest an hour or 2 away. Hayling Island Is within an hour of Portsmouth, Chichester, Winchester, Southampton so there is plenty for non-sailors to see and do. Brighton is also quite nearby with London 2 hours or so away by train.