Eight races were held in champagne conditions for 18 J/70 teams in The Solent on 1-2 June. Bright sunshine and a huge range of wind conditions provided spectacular racing with fun-filled social events all organised by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. 2017 UK National Champions, Ian Wilson & Marshall King’s Soak Racing, scored all podium finishes including five bullets to win the regatta and lift the Myosotis Cutter Cup. “To be honest, the results flattered us,” commented Wilson. “The J/70 UK fleet are getting faster and smarter, which is great to see. I think it is very important for the leading UK teams to race in the Solent because it does bring on the competition, and that pushes everybody on for a better performance. The Royal Thames event is a great one to win because it means you go to their end of season prize giving; it took me two days to recover after the last one!” In second place was John Greenland’s Jdog, flying the colours of the Royal Thames. The team was racing one of the J/70s owned by the RTYC, four of which are available for charter. Despite not winning a race, Greenland’s team was only out of the top five in one race during the eight-race series. Graham Clapp’s Jeepster, representing the Royal Southern YC, started the regatta with a bullet and went on to score two more podium finishes, and no worse than eighth in the series resulted in third for the regatta. In addition to the top three teams, six more teams made the race podium during the regatta: Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán, Joshua Flack’s Elizabeth, Patrick Liardet’s Cosmic, Simon Cavey’s Just4Play, Tara Gill-Taylor’s RTYC Academy and Phil Rys’ Bryn. For complete event results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=9432. The 2019 J/70 UK Grand Slam Series continues 18-20 July with Round 5, the J/70 UK Class Training Event, organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

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