A new event was held this weekend in The Solent. A ladies two boat team racing event on J80s. The Royal Yacht Squadron V’s the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
With four ladies to each boat, relatively light (and sunny) conditions and the civilized and extensive hosting from the RYS it really was the most perfect sailing event and conditions. Following a tow out to Osbourne Bay on Saturday morning, the inner tigers of Team RORC were revealed within the pre-start with much shouting and more red flags than in a Spanish Bull Ring. It all settled down though and some good quality team racing was had finishing after day one with a 4-2 lead to Team RORC.
After a very posh three course meal hosted by the Commodore Christopher Sharples of the RYS, Day 2 was much more restrained affair despite it being for double points and swopping of boats. More of a consistent 10—12 knot breeze made the racing much more settled and the event finished with Team RORC winning overall with another 4 wins.
The event is expected to be ran next year and other clubs will be encouraged to put forward 8 of their best ladies to represent. On boat #1; Laetitia Mason; helm and team captain, Marianthe Evangelidis; tactician/mainsheet, Carol O’Kelly, Sachi Sault/Ellie Aarons (crew changeover on Day2) on jib trim. On boat #2; Josie Glidden; helm, Mugs Gohl; mainsheet and Lizzie Chellew and Stephanie Hensley on jib trim.