British Open Championship – Part 1

The British Open Championship is held over two weekends and this is the second edition of this event which has been hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, with the 8 metres joining in for the Lady Burkeley Cup. It is quickly becoming established as a major Metre Regatta, with the 8 Metre and the 6 Metre Classes represented being enthusiastically supported by the Royal Yacht Squadron.  A combination of first class racing with the elegance of these beautiful yachts makes for a winning formula.

The 6 Metres are racing for the Lion Bowl in the Open Division, with the Dudley Head Salver being awarded to the first yacht built before 31st December 1965

The forecast of 30 knots plus for the opening day proved accurate so Saturday saw N over A being flown with no racing for the day.  Sunday showed more promise with a light southerly forecast. In the event the light breeze filled in from the West to produce an ideal day for racing. Two races were initially scheduled with a third added to catch up from the previous day that had been lost to high winds.

The Race Committee, with Jonathan Peel as the RO, made some great calls to complete the three windward leeward races with some interesting tactical choices needed. It turned out to be a perfect day on the water with sun and breeze.

Despite starting only 10 minutes after the 8’s both fleets had different ideas on the route to the weather mark with the changes in wind pressure versus the tide.

There regatta produced three very interesting races between four Classics; Sioma, Nancy, Thistle & Erica, with close racing in beautiful Solent conditions with tide & wind both varying throughout. Erica won both the first two races in lighter conditions, enjoying close racing with Thistle. For the third race the wind picked up to 10/11 knots with slight chop and all four boats were very closely matched. Sioma won this race as she stated to find her rhythm & enjoy the winder conditions. All looking forward to the second half of the British Open on 22/23 June & hoping that Melita will also join the Classics fleet. In the Moderns St Kitts won all 3 races.

We continue for the second part of this event in two weeks time.

Full results are online at

Our thanks to John Green for this wonderful selection of images

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