2017 Battle of the Classes pursuit race will be held this Sunday (23), with first signal scheduled for 14.35
Spectatos can watch from the Southampton Boat Show Marina pontoons, with live SailRacer GPS tracking available from the event website.
2017 Battle of the Classes - preview
The 2017 Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race will feature at the YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show on 17th September 2017. The annual pursuit race is a fantastic show case for the diversity of the UK dinghy racing scene, with many of the country’s top sailing representing their classes.
The Battle of the Classes will be held in front of the Southampton Boat Show Marina, with great spectating from the outer pontoon. Race updates and commentary will be broadcast across the Show PA. Live SailRacer GPS tracking will be available via the event website:
The first start is scheduled for 14:30, with the experienced race management team from Royal Southampton Yacht Club getting the race under way for the star studied fleet.
First off will the RS Tera Sports, and the youngest competitor 12 year old Adelicia Lavendar and 13 year old Lizzie Foster leading the charge.
Five minutes later, 2017 Topper World Champion, Scott Wilkinson will start who will be looking to go one better than the classes second place in 2016.
The 14 minute starting point sees a big succession of single handers starting, with the Laser 4.7 of Thomas Parkhurst, 2nd at the Nationals and the Comet of Bob Dodds, also 2nd at his class nationals.
The Byte class have entered a strong team with two boats each for CI and CII rigs. The Byte CIs start at the 15 minute mark with National Champion, Rik Whitehouse and Emma Pearson. The faster Byte CIIs (18 minutes), sees National Champion Louis Saunders and Stu Moore trying to catch the CIs. Also starting at the 18 minute mark is top Solo sailor Oliver Davenport.
Next away are the Lasers (20 minutes), with Craig Williamson and Joseph Drake. Craig was second at the 2017 Nationals and is a regular front runner in the highly competitive GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series.
Also starting at 20 minutes is the 2000 of Kev and Jake O’Brien from the RAF Sailing Association. Top Wayfarer sailors, David Roberts and Michael Bryant get away at 21 minutes.
Ben Rolfe, who was 4th at the RS Aero 7 World Championships, flies the flag with the fast growing RS Aero class, starting at 23 minutes.
Mike Lyons top Blaze sailor and former class champion starts at 25 minutes, followed by the Tasar (26 minutes) of Chris and Amber Brown.
Two top RS100s start at 27 minutes, with Steven Lee and Alistair Dickson who was crowned class champion a couple of weeks ago.
At 30 minutes the RS400 of Peter Jackson and Alex Noakes start, joined by the Fireball of Isaac Marsh and Oliver Davenport.
Two Ospreys start at 31 minutes, with Nationals Champions Terry Curtis and Peter Greig, joined by Emma Stevenson and Tim Bowden.
At 31 minutes former national champion Jonathan Carter starts in his Vortex.
The Nationals 18s, the largest boats in the race start at 33 minutes, will make an impressive sight sailed by 3 crew. The two N18s will be sailed by Maria Richards, Hugo and Jessica Berney, joined by Ben and Jeremy Vines and Steve Watton.
The fast B14 skiff of Geraldine and Chris Farmoor heads off at 36 minutes.
Finally at 60 minutes the Foiling Moth of Dan Ellis, Inland Champion will look to make up the time deficit and fly past the slower boats with just 30 minutes of race time. International Moths have been previous winners of the Battle of the Classes.
The prize giving will be held at the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean VIllage.
|RS Tera Sport||943||
|Felpham Sailing Club||0|
|RS Tera Sport||743||Lizzie FOSTER||Emsworth Sailing Club||0|
|Topper 4.2||47659||Giles BAKER||Datchet Water Sailing Club||4|
|RS Tera Pro||2305||
|Olton Mere Sailing Club||4|
|Rye Harbour Sailing Club||5|
|Beaver Sailing Club||14|
|Comet||869||Bob DODDS||Crawley Mariners Yacht Club||14|
|Byte||3078||Emma PEARSON||Weston Sailing Club||15|
|Combs Sailing Club||15|
|Byte CII||3573||Louis SAUNDERS||Combs Sailing Club||18|
|Byte CII||3608||Stu MOORE||Weston Sailing Club||18|
|Laser||212660||Joseph DRAKE||Royal Norfolk And Suffolk Yacht Club||20|
|2000||22619||Kev O'BRIEN||Jake O'BRIEN||Raf Sailing Association||20|
|Wayfarer||10673||David ROBERTS||Michael BRYANT||Bough Beech||21|
|RS Aero 7||2346||Ben ROLFE||Lymington Town||23|
|Blaze||818||Mike LYONS||Burghfield SC||25|
|Tasar||1189||Chris BROWN||Amber BROWN||Weston SC||26|
|RS100 8.4||314||Steven LEE||Weston||27|
|RS100 8.4||410||Alistair DICKSON||Gurnard||27|
|RS400||1078||Peter JACKSON||Alex NOKES||Silver Wing Sailing Club||30|
|Fireball||15070||Isaac MARSH||Oliver DAVENPORT||Dovestone SC||30|
|Osprey||1175||Emma STEVENSON||Tim BOWDEN||Weymouth Sailing Club||31|
|Osprey||1281||Terry CURTIS||Peter GREIG||Castle Cove SC||31|
|Rickmansworth Sailing Club||32|
|National 18||401||Ben VINES||
Jeremy VINES/STEVE WATTON
|National 18||165||Maria RICHARDS||Hugo BERNEY||Blackwater Sailing Club||33|
Chris 'leaky' FERMOR
|Int Moth||4501||Dan ELLIS||Yealm YC||60|