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Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics


In the foreground is the overall Concours d'Elegance winner for 2016, Nick and Liz Harvey's pre-1912 Falmouth Quay punt Sophie with Steve Meakin's gaff yawl Cormorant to leeward.
Photo by Chris Gillingham


The Hamble Classics will be welcoming a special guest to this year’s regatta over the weekend of September 16-17th. That guest is Jane Coombs, who, together with her late husband Kenny Coombs, created the Antigua Classics Regatta, an event that has been going for 30 years and become a benchmark for other classic regattas around the globe.

At the Hamble Classics Jane will be sailing aboard David Aisher’s 1888 gaff cutter 'Thalia', a yacht she knows well having awarded her with the Concours d’Elegance prize at the Antigua Classics in 2008 (see photo attached below).
David Aisher bought the yacht in 2010, and returned her to the Solent for an extensive refit and re-rigging at the Elephant Boatyard on the River Hamble.

In response to David’s invitation Jane commented: "Thalia was my favourite Concours winner of all time. The judges and I were enthralled with her beauty and story. I will look forward to sailing with you”

All types of classic yachts of pre-1971 design are invited to enter this year’s Hamble Classics, plus invited production yachts including Folkboats, SCOD, Twister, Contessa 26 and 32, Rustler 31, She 31, Nicholson 32, 35 & 36, Cal 40, S&S Swans and Spirit Yachts.
Owners of other classic style GRP yachts are requested to make contact with the sailing office.
Full details of the social programme, the Notice of Race and online entry can be found here.
The current live list of entries is available to view here

To discuss berthing or any other query please contact Tim Thubron at the Royal Southern Sailing Office:
T: 023 8045 0302 I E: sailing@royal-southern.co.uk 

Jonty Sherwill
Event Director, Hamble Classics
Tel: 01329 835555
Mobile: 07885 414081
https://www.facebook.com/jontysherwill


Thalia at Antigua Classics 2008. Photo by Jonty Sherwill

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Our Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams was recently interviewed by Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent's H20 slot.
Karen was asked about her childhood and how she got into sailing with her parents, how she progressed from dinghies into keel boats and about her role in helping to develop youth sailing at the Club. She explained her current role as well as her stewardship of the Royal Southern as only the second lady Commodore in the Club's 179 year history. Karen also discussed her aims and objectives for the Club going forward. It's a great listen, and we hope you enjoy it.

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