Race Results – The Latest

Stella 2019 Worlds
SYH Classic Regatta Mersea Week SYH/HPYC Classics Points Place
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
Sail No Boat Name Owner 22 Jun 22 Jun 23 Jun 11 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug 31 Aug 1 Sep
89 Stardust Phillip Waring / Jeffrey Bowles 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 DNC 3.0 DNC 1.0 16.0 1
75 Stella Lyra Trevor Spero 4.0 8.0 DNF 4.0 2.0 3.0 DNC 3.0 24.0 2
64 Lodestar Mark Montgomery-Smith 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 1 3.0 DNC 2 36.0 3
91 Timoa Andrew Gilmour 1.0 1.0 2.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 37.0 4
90 Scorpio Richard Matthews 2.0 2.0 1.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 38.0 5
6 Persephone Roger Reid 6.0 5.0 6.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 50.0 6
100 Centaur Peter Dyson 5.0 4.0 8.0 DNF 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 50.0 7
12 Rollicker Keith Ballantine 7.0 8.0 DNF 10.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 58.0 8
1 La Vie En Rose Peter Haldane 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 66.0 9
19 Acamar Julian Young 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 66.0 10

West Mersea Week 2019 Race Report

Stellas at Mersea Week 2019

Having moved back to early August, this year’s Mersea Week still seemed to manage a mixed bag of weather. Sunday’s race was a breezy affair with the remains of Saturday’s westerly still very much in evidence, Monday’s race was postponed due to lack of wind and the remaining days enjoyed good sailing breezes.

Once again, the Stellas were incorporated into the Classics and Gaffers B Division. The first three races of the week counted as races 4, 5 and 6 for the Stella Championship and were contested by three Stellas:  Stardust, Stella Lyra and Lodestar.

Stella Lyra and Lodestar took part in Sunday’s race, the DSC Regatta, with Lodestar prevailing and achieving a very creditable third overall. Stella Lyra achieved a well-deserved fifth overall.

By Monday the wind had gone completely, and after a postponement, the day’s racing was abandoned. This meant that Mersea week Points 1 would need to be raced later in the week if possible. Fingers were crossed in the Stella fleet in the hopes that it would take place on Tuesday, thus keeping it within the Stella Championship remit.

Tuesday dawned bright and breezy and Mersea Week Points 2 went ahead around one of the pre-set westerly courses. Stardust, Stella Lyra and Lodestar took part with Stardust winning the Stellas, Lodestar coming second and Stella Lyra third. This order followed through to the day’s overall results placing them fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Unfortunately, it was decided that Mersea Week Points 1 would be run later in the week therefore putting it outside the race days that counted towards the Championships.

So, Stardust prevailed in the two races that counted for the Stella Worlds, with Lodestar second and Stella Lyra third. Stardust continued racing on the Wednesday and Thursday and enjoyed some excellent conditions, finishing a very creditable seventh overall for the week on 31 points. Well done all!

2019 SYH Classic Regatta Race Report

SYH Classic Regatta 2019 – Race Report

Suffolk Yacht Harbour’s 19th annual Classic Regatta, run in conjunction with Haven Ports Yacht Club took place over the weekend of 22nd-23rd June. The event sees classic yachts from across East Anglia and further afield – this year including a beautiful Spirit DH63 up from Guernsey – race in three classes; Fast, Slow and Stellas. Racing takes place across two days in Dovercourt Bay, Harwich Harbour, and the Orwell and Stour river estuaries.

Gaffers, Stellas and modern classics gathered at SYH on Friday 21st for pre-regatta drinks and socialising, before crews were up early for briefing and bacon sandwiches on Saturday morning.  After a postponed start to allow all the yachts to get out to the line (including Stealaway who had an unfortunate engine failure on the way out), the slow, Stella and fast classes all set off in 5-7 knots without a hitch.

With the tide now flooding and the wind shifting out of the east / south east, the yachts negotiated oncoming currents on their way upwind to Foxes.  Rounding the mark to starboard and hoisting spinnakers as they went, the fleet reached down to a shortened course finish line at Stone Banks. Timoa finished first with Scorpio second and Stardust third. Lyra finished fourth, Centaur fifth, Persephone sixth and Rollicker seventh.

After lunch on the water, afternoon racing commenced in 15 knots of wind. From a Stone Banks start, it was a beat up to Mark X to port followed by a reach across to Foxes. Unfortunately, Lyra and Rollicker had a port and starboard “coming together” during the beat and both retired with Rollicker having sustained significant damage.  Rounding the mark to port, the remaining Stellas hoisted spinnakers and set a course for Penny Hole.

After some debate on the radio, the race committee confirmed a starboard mark rounding to keep things interesting!  Spinnakers were dropped on the approach and the yachts made a 270 degree turn of Penny Hole before heading up and tacking round onto a reach down to Stone Banks.  From there, it was champagne sailing under spinnaker all the way to the finish at the Beacon Hill line. First, second and third places were as race one, with Centaur Fourth and Persephone fifth.

Upon its return to SYH, the fleet was greeted by music from local musician Peter Hepworth drifting across the sunny harbour.  Haven Ports Yacht Club lightship was bathed in afternoon sunshine as crews gathered for socialising and the usual post-racing analysis in the bar and on the dockside.

Day two began with light wind out of the east / north east and the three classes set off on time from the Beacon Hill line against the tide down to Stone Banks.  A few yachts could be seen making the most of the tight reach and flying spinnakers and code zeros in an effort to get ahead on the long leg down to the mark.

By the time the fleet had hardened up around Fox’s to port, the sun was out, and the breeze had kicked in and made for a fairly wet ride!

Bearing away around Foxes, spinnakers were hoisted en route to Penny Hole.  Rounding the mark to starboard, the fleet headed upwind to Outer Ridge, avoiding the channel on the leg home to the Beacon Hill line.

Scorpio prevailed in this race, with Timoa second, Stardust third, Lyra fourth, Persephone fifth and Centaur failing to finish.

Stella results overall: Timoa first, Scorpio second, Stardust third. With three boats finishing on sixteen points, the Sailwave scoring system placed the remaining boats in the following order; Lyra fourth, Centaur fifth, Persephone sixth and Rollicker seventh. Well done all for being there and contributing, once again, to a wonderful, memorable weekend.

Revised Race Dates!

The HPYC/SYH Autumn Classic Regatta has now been confirmed as 31st August & 1st September. Full revised calendar now as follows:

2019 Stella Worlds

  • Race 1 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 2 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 3 – SYH Classic Regatta Sunday 23rd June
  • Race 4 – Mersea Week Sunday 11th August
  • Race 5 – Mersea Week Monday 12th August
  • Race 6 – Mersea Week Tuesday 13th August
  • Race 7 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Saturday 31st August
  • Race 8 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Sunday 1st September*

8 races, 7 to count – 1 discard.

Spring Fling!

Following the success of last year’s event, Philip and Tessie Waring have organised another early season get together at the Lightship on Saturday 4th May. Watch this space for more detail as I get it. A great way to kick off the 60th Anniversary Season and once again, a big thank-you to Philip and Tessie for organising it.

See you there!


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations!

Plans are taking shape for a  Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Burnham-on-Crouch, the birthplace of the Stella, over the weekend of 20th & 21st July!

Philip Waring has been working hard with others on this and the good will and co-operation he has encountered prove, once again, just how highly regarded our class is! Plans are still in discussion but, suffice it to say, are shaping up well. The tides are good and a very warm welcome is assured. Put the dates in your diary now – this is definitely not one to be missed!

Watch the website for more detail as plans get firmed up.

See you there…


2019 Race Dates!!

2019 Stella Worlds

  • Race 1 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 2 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 3 – SYH Classic Regatta Sunday 23rd June
  • Race 4 – Mersea Week Sunday 11th August
  • Race 5 – Mersea Week Monday 12th August
  • Race 6 – Mersea Week Tuesday 13th August
  • Race 7 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Saturday 7th September*
  • Race 8 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Sunday 8th September*

*Date to be confirmed.

8 races, 7 to count – 1 discard.