50th Anniversary Warming Pan 2012 - Report
Published 18:41 on 11 Mar 2012
50th Anniversary Hamble Warming Pan at Hamble River Sailing Club
10 – 11 March 2012
By Barney Smith
Over the weekend of 10-11 March Hamble River Sailing Club hosted the 50th Anniversary Hamble Warming Pan regatta. This yearâ€™s invited classes were the Firefly and National 12 fleets, the local Foxer dinghy fleet, the Merlin fleet whoâ€™ve attended the event since it started in 1962, together with a new addition for 2012, the Enterprise class. A total of 60 boats competed over the weekend.
The original event programme scheduled two races on each day separated by a lunch break. Unfortunately the weather decided not to cooperate with the best laid plans of the organising team. Whilst onshore spectators enjoyed icecreams in the unseasonal sunshine extremely light winds meant competitors struggled to make headway against some of the strongest tides of the year. With such difficult conditions the HRSC race team did a great job to run two back to back races on day one for most of the fleets. With just a single race possible on Sunday the end result was a no discard series for all classes.
The largest fleet was the Merlin Rocket class with 24 entries. Overall winners Jon Abbotson & Michael John Gifford just pipped Rich Admas & Chris Gould by virtue of their win in race 1, both boats ending with a score of 13 points. Richard Whitworth & Chris Winters were third overall. Use of the Z flag and some overenthusiastic starting practices led to much confusion with the final scorecard!
Barney Smith & Alannah Witherby won the 15 strong Firefly class for the second consecutive year with a 1, 2, 3 scoreline, after surviving a couple of brushes with the sailing instructions. Roger Morris & Jo Bailey were second overall and Andy Blundell & Maddie Fenner sailed a very consistent series in their newly repainted gold boat to end up third.
The 12 boats in the Foxer fleet sailed in the best breeze of the weekend with their courses confined to the River Hamble close to the sailing club. Shaun Barber won four of the six races and finished well in front of Team Armstrong (Lucy on Saturday and Jay on Sunday), with Chris Hamel in third.
The Enterprise and National 12 classes had smaller fleets. Will & Mary Henderson had the only clean sheet of the weekend with a scoreline of three wins in the 12 class. Ann Jackson & Alan Skeens were the Enterprise class winners.
Over the weekend the club marked the 50th Anniversary of the event with a number of special events. A 60â€™s disco was held on the Saturday night which was greatly enjoyed by several of the older competitors(!), and a 50th Birthday Cake was specially manufactured just in time for the prizegiving on Sunday afternoon. HRSC is looking forward to running the 100th Anniversary Warming Pan in March 2062. See you there!
HRSC would like to thank the following organisations and individuals who provided financial support to the event:
- Baltic Lifejackets
- HYS Rigging
- Hamble Estate Agency
- The Bugle
- Yacht Survey Ltd
- Duroy Fibreglass Mouldings
- Hyde Sails
- John & Judy Greensmith
- Jane Windsor
- Pudsey Diamond Engineering
Overall results can be found at the bottom of this article.
Malcolm Donald’s videos can be seen here :
Photos from Eddie Mays
Last updated 14:14 on 25 April 2022