A windy but fast RIOW was successfully completed with Overall & Class 1 honours going to Jeremy Waitt on "Jangada", and with Jeffrey Knapman winning Class 2 in "Virago".
Nigel Colley, sailing the new Sun Fast 3300 "Sapristi" for the first time in the UK, had a close tussle with Jeremy on his JPK 1010 the whole way round. "Sapristi" started late and last after the jib sheet parted company with the sail 2 minutes before the start, but then showed off the boats potential by catching up with the leaders by the Needles. Rob Craigie on the Sun Fast 3600 "Bellino" was first boat round the Needles and made best use of the favorable tide to stretch a useful lead before a spinnaker wrap allowed the chasing 3300 and 1010 through. "Sapristi" got ahead of "jangada" on the fast reach to St Catherines, only to let "Jangada" tback hrough on a better gybe angle and after trawling her A4 spinnaker big time before Bembridge. "Sapristi" then used her superior speed to ctach and get level with "Jangada" on the fetch to Ryde Sands, but "Jangada" skillfully sat on top of "Sapristi" all the way to the finish to deny her breaking through. However their private tussle very nearly allowed "Bellino" back through to almost take line honours, which was secured by "Jangada". "Jangada" took the Class 1 win and Overall combined honours, ahead of "Sapristi" who came 2nd in Class 1 and Overall. Rob Craigie on "Bellino" was denied 3rd place by Noel Cockle on the Oceanis 45 "Monocle" on handicap which very much enjoyed the solid breeze to tkae 3rd in Class 1.
Jeffrey Knapman on his MG335 "Virago" was first Class 2 boat to the Needles and held the Class 2 lead all the way to the finish to beat Will Sayer in his Sigma 33 "Elmarleen" and Alice Butcher on her Contessa 32 "Panache" into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. "Virago" finished 4th Overall in the combined fleets.
2019 INSHORE SERIES standings after 5 races
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