The Royal Southern Yacht Club Salcombe Gin July Regatta attracted 70 teams to the prestigious yacht club on the banks of the River Hamble. With no racing possible due to a lack of wind on the first day, competitors and club members enjoyed complimentary cocktails from the Salcombe Distillery Co. and a sumptuous barbeque prepared by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Winners were decided with a ‘penalty shoot-out’ on the final day in unpredictable breeze. It was a day for heads out of the boat. Spotting and reacting to the ever-changing conditions were the recipe to success. The J/70 fleet was competing for a double-header: the J/70 Sprint Series and a world championship qualifier in the J/70 UK Grand Series. Nick Phillips’ Chaotic scored four podium finishes in the 16-boat fleet to win the class. The team from Parkstone Yacht Club showed astute awareness in the fickle breeze. Martin Dent’s Jelvis scored a third and first in the final two races to once again finish runner-up. Charles Thompson’s Brutus II won the final race to take third in class above Doug Struth’s DSP. Results Link

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