John Lewis Partnership Regatta 2017: Never Knowingly Undersold!

Phoenix entered the JLP Regatta for the first time this year. The event is designed for members’ sailing associations and is now in its fifty-seventh year, with three races over the weekend ‘round the cans’ in the central Solent, organised by the Island Sailing Club (ISC).

Spellbinder joined a fleet of seventeen boats, divided into two classes. On Saturday we came 4th and 6th with squally conditions of 10-15kts. With views out over the Solent we enjoyed an informal supper at the Island Sailing Club with crew from John Lewis and Waitrose, as well as other clubs. In the final race on Sunday morning the wind strengthened (so we put the spinnaker away!), coming 6th and placed 6th overall.

ISC set excellent courses and the short race formula makes for fun, competitive racing with only a few points separating the middle of the fleet. John Lewis/Waitrose crews were very welcoming and the supper at ISC made an enjoyable evening. The JLP Sailing Club shares our logo of a phoenix (but borrowed from the name of the pub where the club was formed). The event is relaxed and provides a great opportunity for (or an introduction to) ‘round the cans’ racing-without the large fleets and the usual pushing and shouting of a Solent race series!

Thanks to Ted Sankey (skipper) for organising our entry, David Edwards (nav), Brad Eaton (foredeck-and instant spinnaker training on the Friday!), and the tireless crew Tinu Cornish and Nick Carter. This is an event which is worth putting into Phoenix’s annual calendar-and where there is the potential to move up the fleet next year.

David Edwards

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