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Magnificent May at the Royal Southern

The Royal Southern Yacht Club May Regatta, supported by Doyle Sails, was the first big open event of the year for the prestigious yacht club located on the Hamble River. Seventy-two teams enjoyed thrilling racing in The Solent with seven classes racing on two racecourses. The first day was cancelled due to high winds but it was well worth the wait. On Sunday, a southerly wind, piping up to over 20 knots in the gusts delivered excellent racing conditions. The key areas to a top performance were spotting the shifts in wind direction and staying in the best breeze. Congratulations to class winner Tony & Sally Mack’s J/111 McFly in IRC 1. The 16-boat fleet was bristling with high performance yachts flying hi-tech sails. Chris Jones & Louise Jones Makin’s J/111 JourneyMaker 11 was second. "McFly goes well in the light and planes in the heavy, so to win in medium strength air in that fleet was really very pleasing," commented Tony Mack. "The afterguard made some great calls, gybing away into better pressure. We could literally talk to JourneyMaker, we were that close. On the helm, I don’t get much chance to look around, but there are some really good sailors right through the class." Full Results:

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