(Hamble, England)- Winter finally came to the Garmin Hamble Winter Series in time for the final race, to show crews just how lucky they have been throughout the unseasonably warm event. A brisk, cold westerly wind that fluctuated between 10 and 25 knots gave the assembled sailors a challenge when it came to choosing sails, not to mention working out how to make their boat go quickly upwind in a nasty chop. The regular finishing positions in many classes were turned on their head as boats came from behind after a windy series practice to beat the top-placed boats.
In the J/109 class, David Richards’ JUMPING JELLYFISH won the final race, with overall winner, Richard and Valerie Griffith’s OUTRAJEOUS finishing sixth. In the final tally, OUTRAJEOUS won with 10 pts, followed by David and Mary McGough’s JUST SO in second with 22 pts and Paul Griffith’s JAGERBOMB in third with 27 pts. Rounding out the top five in this competitive group was David Jobson’s AUDAJIOUS in fourth with 34 pts, winning on a tie-breaker over David McLeman’s OFFBEAT. Photo – Paul Wyeth.