2017 Classic Regatta Report including new video

This year’s 16th annual Classic Regatta was a fantastic celebration with an array of striking classic boats and coastal racing and was as always, a real social event in the SYH calendar.  The turnout was high, as this year marks our 50th anniversary so it was a momentous occasion topped off by the gorgeous sunny weather. Read on for the full write up, results and images.

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The first race at this year’s Classic Regatta was won overall by Phil Plumtree’s stunning West Solent Arrow in the Fast class, with Jonathan Thompson’s Tumlare Zest winning the Slow class and Andrew Gilmour in Timoa first out of the Stella class.

We enjoyed beautiful “Champagne sailing weather” throughout the weekend. After breakfast and the briefing on Saturday morning the fleet set off in light and variable winds for their first race, some boats struggled to clear the start line but a gentle breeze built throughout the day, the race officer shortened the course at the Pye End buoy and very wisely started the second race on Saturday afternoon from this location.

Saturday afternoon race (Race 2) took place in light to moderate winds.  We saw Timoa and Andrew Gilmour once again win from the Stella class race, Arrow and Phil Plumtree another win in the Fast class race and also first place for Zest and Jonathan Thompson in the Slow class race.

Saturday evening was spent revelling in the evening rays outside Haven Ports Yacht Club, deliberating over the events of the day’s racing and discussing what Sunday might bring.  On Saturday night, we had a party onboard HPYC lightship, followed by live music and supper.  The America’s Cup was broadcast via satellite onto a big screen which was a great idea so no one missed out on the action and many of us enjoyed the festivities until late into the night!

Sunday marked a slow start for some, the forecast was for light winds but the race officer Peter Martin took the fleet out to the Beacon Hill start line and was greeted with a good sailing breeze. Race conditions were flat seas, sparkling sunshine and 12 knots of breeze.  Once again Arrow and Phil Plumtree, Zest and Jonathan Thompson and Timoa and Andrew Gilmour took first place in each of their classes in their last races.

After racing had finished, competitors headed to the lightship to wait for the final results and prize giving.  The Saphir trophy for concourse D’Elegance went to Illiria. The Spirit trophy, awarded for someone in need of a stiff drink went to Gulvain for sailing the big powerful boat with only five crew in Saturday races. 

After much careful preparation and fine tuning, Phil Plumtree and his crew in their West Solent were once again in winning form. Arrow not only looked stunning all weekend, she flew around the course, won all of her races and deservedly won the Fast Class and the regatta overall. Andrew Gilmour in his Stella Timoa took second place overall and came first in all the Stella class races - It was a very close battle between Scorpio and Timoa in the Stella class – an extremely close-run and exciting race.  Mark Wincer in his International One Design Whisper took second place in all of her fast class races and third overall.

Our thanks must go to Peter Martin, race officer and the team at HPYC and all those involved in the organisation for ensuring it was such a great success. We are as always grateful to Classic Boat and Emily Harris for their ongoing media support.  Look out for a feature on the regatta in the August issue of Classic Boat courtesy of Peter Smith who joined me onboard Cereste. Next year’s regatta will be in June; please do keep an eye on our website, newsletter and Facebook page for confirmed dates.

Click here to see the film of all of the racing action together with owner interviews.  Film footage courtesy of Emily Harris, Classic Yacht TV

Please click on the links below to view the results.

Overall results - make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the document to see overall positions in each race.

Fast Class Overall

Slow Class Overall

Stella Class Overall


Please see below photos from the weekend taken by Emily Harris.