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International Tempest Class Nationals Hosted by Portsmouth Sailing Club 16-18 June 2023

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Published 23:15 on 1 Jul 2023

Report by Derek Budden, PSC Sailing Secretary

Friday 16th, the day started at 0900 to launch our boats. 8 Tempests and 1 Rib. We had Lunch in Hornet SSC, Then at 1400, 5 Tempests left for race 1. Our Visitors from Ullswater and Maidenhead were unable to compete on the Friday but happy to use in as discard.

Tumbledown wind was loaned to a combination Royal Navy/Royal New Zeeland Navy Team Dan and Seegar. We had the Big Committee boat (which will be CV for our Worlds, owned by John Waldron with the team on board that will run our Worlds in August. From the Start of R1 Tumbledown wind, lead the way with Alegria (Charles Hawkins and Colin Meadows) in hot pursuit. The race was held in Monckton Bank race area S F2-3 and blazing Sunshine. Tumble down took line honours and later at supper in Hornet SSC it was revealed that Seegar was indeed part of a NZL Elliot 6 team.

Saturday 17th. It had been agreed that today we would trial our Hayling bay race area. The RO (Phil Warwick) and our Big CV wanted to experience the towing time to the race area. Also, to demonstrate the strict Gateways in the Submarine barrier. The wind obliged giving an SSW F1 we towed out on 2 tows. Our Tempest Support Rib took 45 mins and Our CV 55 mins. Not unlike our Tow back from a race area in Kiel, so we will need a flask of Coffee and some Croissants.

The area is just to the East of the WW1 & WW2 Submarine barrier roughly a mile south of Langstone Harbour. I recorded depth of 6-7 mtr with wave and current being suppressed by the barrier. This area gave 3 superb races out of the way of shipping and pleasure vessels.

The Racing was held on Windward Leeward courses using a windward spreader mark and a Leeward gate. Jon had arrived from Ullswater and Simon from Maidenhead unfortunately Mason (Temeraire GBR89) had to dropout, so today was 7 Tempest. Born Slippy with Jon Modral Gibbins (Ullswater YC) lead the way with 3 "Straight Bullet" with Tumbledown, Alegria, (now crewed by Charles son Andrew Hawkins) and Achtung Baby (Derek Budden and Daughter Caron Kirkwood) very hot on the heals with Kaleidoscope (Liam Gray and David Nash) Whisky (Simon Hall and Cindy Gao) and Bearboat (Ralph Budden and Rachael Roberts) fighting for the positions at the rear of the fleet. After racing we transferred via Rib to PSC for an evening Social and Curry Night. Lee Mason the Clubs Social Sec took charge of catering with a most superb selection of 3 Curries and 3 course all washed down with Hophead Ale. We were joined by several PSC Member for a most enjoyable evening. Thanks PSC we had a Fab Evening.

Sunday 18th A Change of CV today Frank Worley kindly offered us the use of his Plymouth Pilot joined by our RO and recorder Antonia who it turns out was part of the old and now no longer Itchenor Tempest fleet of the 70's/80's. Another 2 superb races again lead by Born Slippy being chased by Achtung Baby this time on our Haslar Wall area SW F3.

Over the weekend the racing was very tight with 2nd 3rd and 4th split by tie breaker and 1 point. The racing was sharp with the CV adjusting Course and. starting the next race start sequence within 10 min of last finisher Courses were sharp with race duration and all deadlines achieved.

Well done John Lee for getting a race team together thanks to all onboard our CV's and both Club Houses also to Caedan Jones, Jar Vahey, Ralph Hawkins and George for Running our Tempest Support Rib. Also, a very big thanks to Portsmouth Sailing Club for Hosting an Excellent International Tempest Nationals within The Portsmouth Sailing Club Regatta. We Look forward to our Worlds in August. Also, a big thanks to Hornet SSC for use of moorings launching/recovery and Clubhouse.


  • 1.Born Slippy, Jon Modral Gibbins and Colin Meadows, GBR1161
  • 2.Achtung Baby, Derek Budden and Caron Kirkwood, GBR1089
  • 3.Alegria, Charles Hawkins and Andrew Hawkins, GBR1185
  • 4. Winner of Douglas Hollis best placed MK1 Tempest in a Southerns Tumbledown Wind, Dan Bryson and Seeger, GBR1069
  • 5.Kaleidoscope, Liam Gray and David Nash, IRL793
  • 6.Whisky, Simon Hall and Cindy Gao, GBR680
  • 7.Bearboat, Ralph Budden and Rachael Roberts, GBR813
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