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Story Contributors: Sam Richmond

Success All Round for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

A busy and successful weekend for North Sails clients racing on the south coast


The three day weekend is always a busy one for sailing in and around the Solent and this year’s May Bank holiday was no different. On the South coast alone there were four major events, spreading from Poole to Cowes, with everything from Etchells for their UK Nationals, to the second event in the Fast 40+ Series as part of the Poole regatta. The J Cup, also happening in Cowes, had a spectacular entrance of 66 boats, covering all types of J boats including the popular J/70 fleet and a strong IRC fleet

With a bad weather forecast looming at the beginning of the week for the South coast, everyone was pleasantly surprised to have the sunshine turn up for the whole weekend. Despite the lack of wind on Friday, Saturday gave near perfect conditions and the rest of the weekend followed in that path. The North Sails UK team were spread amongst these events, offering regatta support at Poole regatta with our travelling Certified Service team and North U debrief’s in Cowes for the annual J Cup.

The J/24’s had their National Championship as part of the Poole regatta. This fleet has been making a come back in the UK over the past years, and for the weekend they saw twenty-one boats entered.

Sam Richmond, UK Sales Manager “Weekend’s like this make us really proud of what we have achieved working with teams in the Solent, with wins in everything from Etchells through Quarter Tonners and on to Fast 40+’s. It was great to see our team out sailing with their clients and helping them make the most of their sails”

Do not hesitate to get in touch with the team for feedback from the weekend, we are here to help!

Congratulations to all of our clients out on the water, here is a list of our clients wins.

J Cup 2018, Cowes
1 Sweeny / Paul van Driel & Hans Zwijnenburg
1 Upstart / Robin Stevenson
1 Jaywalker / Bob & Jon Baker
1 J-Dream / David & Kirsty Apthorpe
1 Davanti Tyres / Chaz Ilvill
Fast 40+, Poole
1 RAN / Niklas Zennstrom
J/24 UK Nationals, Poole
1 Chaotic / Nick Phillips
Etchells UK Nationals, Cowes
1 Alfie / Lawrie Smith
Etchells UK National Champions ©Sportography.tv
J/97’s at the annual J Cup
Fast 40+ RAN © Ian Roman


Story Contributors

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Sam Richmond

Loft Manager, Sail Expert — Gosport, United Kingdom Manufacturing – Gosport, UK

Sam joined North Sails in 2011 after a stint of running his own business in London. He joined as a salesman dealing primarily with Solent based racing boat projects and J-boats. He became UK Sales Manager when the company was...