Hamble Classics Regatta


Hamble Classics launched

The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host and run the inaugural 'Hamble Classics at the Southern' Regatta on 24-25th September 2016. Today it announces the publication of its Notice of Race (NoR) including eligibility criteria and an attractive entry fee structure.  

The International Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Spirit of Tradition yachts plus Old Gaffers and Dayboats will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a social programme to match. To help deliver this the Royal Southern will have Stuart Childerley as PRO and have selected a small tide weekend to ease course setting.

With strong feedback in response to its request for expressions of interest and preferences (still open at 
http://eepurl.com/bJbAgD) some notable yachts have signed up including the classic 1930’s 6-Metres BobKat II and Nancy, Thalia (1888), Rosenn (1896), Mikado (1904), Duet (1912), Misty (1962), Charm of Rhu (1963) and Sunmaid V (1967), plus a contingent of 1930’s Harrison Butler designed yachts.

Invited production yachts include Folkboats, Twisters, Contessa 26 and 32, Nicholson 32 and 35, Cal 40 and all S&S designed Nautor . Owners of other classic style GRP yachts are requested to make contact with the club. 

Royal Southern Yacht Club member and classic dayboat owner Jonty Sherwill conceived the Hamble Classics idea and has sponsored the regatta with the branding and initial marketing. He explains the rationale behind the event: "With so many beautiful classics residing in the river it's high time that Hamble hosted its own full-on classics regatta and I'm delighted that the Royal Southern has embraced the idea. For classic events to deliver maximum enjoyment for visitors it's important to match the sailing to the variety of boats entered."
David Aisher, owner of the beautiful 1888 gaff-cutter Thalia and the first entry received, commented: "Having sailed out of the Hamble for most of my life I was extremely pleased to hear that there was going to be a Hamble Classics Regatta. The river has built boats for hundreds of years and the banks have been the birthplace of many a fine yacht. Where better than the Hamble to sail Thalia?”

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