The Solstice Regatta combines racing on Thursday and Saturday with an extra multi race on Friday to make a series, this year the Saturday race was also the 85th Anniversary race.

Thursdays race was also extra special as it was Delphines Last Race.

Firstly - thank you to everyone for their help over the weekend, without all the hard work the regatta would not have been a success!

Ten Victorys took part in the regatta with windy decreasing from a windy/stormy Thursday to nearly nothing on Saturday with bright sunshine, a typical English summer!

On Friday night we headed out the harbour entrance for two short races along the wall, OOD was Sid Dollery with his fantastic radio voice!

A course was set from KB to PSC, through the gate, down to Suffolk Sails and through the gate. The first race was three laps and the second was two due to the dying wind.

There was close racing across both races but Z69 pipped both wins!

After racing on Friday we all gathered in Victory Village for some rum punch and pasties, it was a lovely way to see out the Summer Solstice and to reminisce on the evenings race.

On Saturday the sun was shining with a gentle breeze, Sid once again was OOD and set a (long!) course from KB, Mary Rose, Browndown, Mary Rose, KB, VW, finishing at Suffolk Sails.

Unfortunately the wind didn't hold and we finished at KB, however the fleet enjoyed a long downwind leg to Browndown with tactical tidal decisions to be made. Z69 chased down Z48, Z75 and Z68 tousled with eachother off Gillkicker. Upwind to MR Z69 caught up Z48, Z75 closed in on them and Z54 overtook Z68, to then be overtaken by Z70.

The last leg from MR to KB was a slow slog- the wind barely filling the kite and there was constant wake from boats and ferries in the busy Solent.

The final results are below. Congratulations to Scam and Max on Z69, they retain their Solstice Regatta winners title!!

The next race of the season will be tonight, Tuesday 25th May... if there is any wind! 

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