The Hamble Winter Series continued on the Solent and Southampton Water, hosted by the Hamble Sailing Club. The Hamble One-design Championship was sailed on both the Saturday and Sunday of week three. PRO Ian Bullock set up station in the vicinity of William buoy for the Saturday starts to take advantage of the WSW airstream. The J/70s sailed a series of windward/leeward courses in the bright sunshine and steadily increasing breeze. The Race Team managed to get four races completed just in case the weather for the next day was not so helpful. As the wind built throughout the day, all the fleets began to surf and plane down the waves. Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT showed very quickly why he was the current J/70 World Champion with four bullets on Saturday. Sunday arrived and this time, although sunny, the wind was from the ENE and decidedly chilly. Everyone was happy that only two races were needed to finish the series. Mike Foster was PRO, and he placed the start near East Knoll, with the windward mark off the Hill Head shore. Once again, the pressure slowly built. Having missed the first weekend, Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT was unable to feature on the overall podium. Marshall King’s SOAK RACING took the J/70 Championship with 14 points, followed by Tim Collins’ EV EXPERTS in second with 24 points and Simon Cavey’s JUST 4 PLAY in third with 37 points. For more Hamble Winter Series information, visit

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