The Warsash Spring Series took place from 13 March to 20 April 2011 and the J/109 Class saw 25 entries at a time of diminishing entries for many classes. Racing one-design this fleet is the largest one-design racing class in the UK and Ireland and competition is often fierce. With six races and only one discard for the series there was one J/109 who stood out from the pack.
The series did not start as could well as it could do for Jahmali (Mike & Sarah Wallis) but this race was to be their discard, thereafter they were the only boat to win two races. They also counted two seconds and a fourth to win the class by a convincing seven points.
Second place was Shiva (Matt Boyle) who also won a race and third was Offbeat (David McLeman) who peaked in winning the last race of the series.
The competitiveness of the Class was recognised by the Warsash Sailing Club who awarded The Founder’s Salver to Mike and Sarah Wallis for their boat Jahmali as the J/109 Class experienced some of the closest racing in the series. The Founder’s Salver is presented in memory of Tom Cozens, a co-founder of Warsash Sailing Club 54 years ago and at that time a well-known face on the river as Hamble Harbourmaster and is awarded to a non-handicap class annually.
Report courtesy of the J/109 UK Class Association