Victorious | Social
We’re a sociable bunch…
Start at KB(?)
Red Post p
Finish at SS
12ish kts from the NE, shifting N and building up to 18/20 kts, rain looming.
A typical Saturday course with a little upwind to PS and a long downwind to the island side to find the red post.
After Kim on Z76 declared he just wanted a good start we both thought at 60secs to go that we had messed up but actually turned out to be a good start and first the the windward.
The fleet settled into the long downwind with Z80 slowly creeping up on Z76 and overtaking the other boats (Z54, 77, 69, 48).
At the red post Jimmy on Z48 stayed on port tack and headed North to catch channel and the tidal escalator heading into Portsmouth harbour, they had a absolutely stonking leg and came out smells of roses !!
Z80 kept Z76 behind (but not by much!!), Z54 and Z69 were having their own battle, Z77 enjoying being out but chose to retire as they returned from the red post.
Two up on Z76 (Kim and Zoe) quietly decided that as the breeze was building and more waves were coming over the deck, it would be nice if the committee boat could finish after one round of Gleeds, alas they let us keep on racing ! We chose not to put the spinnaker up on the final downwind as stomachs were rumbling and sandwiches needed to be consumed, plus no places were going to change during the final rounding.
It was a bumper race for new crew (and women out racing!)
Z69 had new crew Lynne onboard
Z54 had both Helene and Lelde onboard
Z77 had Tom Worley onboard- recently getting back into the class.
The final results were -
We then returned to PSC for beer and food from Southsea Deli, unfortunately the weather closed in and the wind got up to 40kts, not the gloriously sunny afternoon in the Boomyard that we were expecting!!
Many thanks to Sid, Annie, Liz and Chris for OOD duties this weekend. The final race is on the Solstice this Tuesday, will Z48 win the regatta ?
Solstice Race 1
Victory 2022 Season “Heats Up”
Whilst temperatures reach levels above those currently being experienced in the Maldives and Jamaica, 7 boats motored out for first race of the latest trophy up for grabs in this summer’s red hot racing calendar.
Unfortunately, whilst ideal weather for an ice cream on the seafront, hopes of a scorching first race melted away as the last of the breeze dropped.
As Salty (Z70), Liz and Chris hoisted the AP, the most interesting spectacle became the convoy of fishing boats making their way into the harbour.
Shortly afterwards, racing was abandoned and we all headed back to the bar.
Stay tuned, as the Solstice Regatta heads into the weekend. In the words of Glenn Frey - The Heat is On.
Tales from the SVYC Westmacott Regatta – Jubilee Weekend, 3 to 4 June 2022
The Class were invited to partake in a Regatta at Seaview Yacht Club over the long bank holiday weekend. The Regatta had been organised to celebrate 100 years since the Seaview Mermaid was designed by Alfred Westmacott and launched back in 1922. Other classes, also designed by Westmacott, including the Victory Class and Bembridge One Designs were also invited to join in the celebration.
Five boats, Z68, Z69, Z70, Z75 and Z80 made the simple passage across the Eastern Solent from the North to South Island to represent the Class. Racing was planned to start on Friday afternoon but not until we sampled an excellent lunch at the Club on their terrace. Lunch was an extended affair as we waited for late afternoon sea breeze to fill in. This gave us time to have a well earnt ice cream whilst enjoying the sunshine. By mid-afternoon there was enough breeze that we headed onto the race course for 2 windward-leeward races. Over 15 boats took part in the racing across 3 different starts. Z69 won both Victory races, having successfully navigating the fickle breeze and strong west going tide.
The weather was due to turn for Day 2 of the regatta, so Z68 and Z75 headed home to Portsmouth Friday afternoon.
In the evening, all competitors were invited for dinner and drinks in the upstairs member bar of Seaview. Which from the racing platform gave great views overlooking the Solent and back to our familiar territory of Portsmouth. During dinner, we were treated to a very entertaining history of Alfred Westmacott and the boats he designed. After dinner the evening continued in good spirit with stories being shared between all the Classes at the dinner. I am pleased to report that the Victory Class were the last ones standing at the bar and as racing was canned for Saturday we headed to the Old Fort Inn to continue the dark and stormy evening!
Z69 and Z80 headed back Saturday morning in the strong breeze while Z70 stayed until Sunday to represent the Class at the Jubilee ‘Sail by’ which included a 21-gun salute overseen by crowded audience watching from the yacht club and high street.
The hospitality from the Seaview Yacht Club was excellent all weekend and we were made to feel very welcome. We all really enjoyed the weekend and concluded that future visits are definitely on the cards!
The News have published an article on the renaming ceremony of the class launch-
Last Saturday was the grand renaming ceremony of the Victory Class launch on the PSC pontoon in the Camber . The ceremony was conducted by the fantastic Maxine Reeves who stripped the launch of her previous name and then appeased the various weather Gods, class captain Russell Mead then unveiled the new name Sapristi.
For those who do not know, our last class launch was in a terrible accident with a fishing boat in the inner Camber at the end of the 2019 season and she was written off. Due to a generous donation from the Wyllie Charitable Trust, the class was able to purchase Sapristi, but finding her was a long process with Jim Downing and Liz Ballard (plus others!) trawling Apollo Duck and visiting vessels across the country- and even France.
The name Sapristi was chosen as it is the name of the first ever Victory, Z1, owned by W.L. Wyllie. Sapristi means “Heavens! Good heavens!” which is quite fitting to Victory Class racing.
Thankfully the weather Gods were kind to us and we had glorious weather; barely a knot of breeze and bright sunshine, a good way to open the season! After the ceremony the last few bottles of champagne were finished watching the sunset. We then headed to the Still and West where more booze was consumed and the fish and chip supper was served.
It was great to see all our members and sponsors together after a challenging few years, hopefully this season is back to ‘normal’ and we get some good racing in. It was also great to see new members such as Gareth Peters
Thank you one again to Jim Downing and his work party on the fit out of Sapristi. Thank you to Maxine for conducting the ceremony. Thank you to the social committee for helping pull the evening together.
Thanks to Matt and his social committee, Sailing Secretary Sid, and the team at the Royal Naval Club/Royal Albert Yacht Club for a great prizegiving evening last night. A lot of happy people, including Class Captain Russell Mead with the Beazley Trophy for Overall Cowes Week, Hugh Pringle with the Captains Decanter and Liz Ballard with the Don Metcalf for services to the class. And a selection of other smiling prizewinners…
Many more photos to follow….watch this space..