The Royal Southern Yacht Club May Regatta, supported by Doyle Sails, was the first big open event of the year for the prestigious yacht club located on the Hamble River. Seventy-two teams enjoyed thrilling racing in The Solent with seven classes racing on two racecourses. The first day was cancelled due to high winds but it was well worth the wait. On Sunday, a southerly wind, piping up to over 20 knots in the gusts delivered excellent racing conditions. The key areas to a top performance were spotting the shifts in wind direction and staying in the best breeze. Congratulations to class winner Simon Patterson’s J/70 Standfast. The 19-strong J/70 fleet was racing in the inaugural J/70 UK Sprint Series. Five short, sharp races on a tight windward/leeward course were designed for adrenalin-pumping action. Patterson’s Standfast was the event winner, scoring two bullets. Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat was in the top three for every race but was second by a single point. Martin Dent’s Jelvis was third, similarly just a point behind Paul Ward’s team. Charles Thompson’s Brutus II was fourth, scoring a race win in his brand-new J/70. Full Results:

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