Parhelion Spring 2017 Series Complete

The final two races of the Spring 2017 series were completed (on Sat 22 Apr) in beautiful sunny conditions with a steady 12 kts from the North East.

Race officer Ricky Hodgson set two courses that kept the fleets busy in the triangle between Gilkicker and the Spit Sand Fort, however the highlight (for some!) was the downwind start for the final race.

The racing was followed by a visit to Portsmouth Sailing Club for the beef rolls and prizegiving.

Winners trophies were awarded to; 

1.       Club Fleet - One More Knot  

2.       IRC Fleet – Tinker T

3.       NHC – Red Arrow


Full results here - 

and here



This has been a particularly successful series.  We have been lucky with the weather with only one race lost due to breezy conditions.  We have welcomed Parhelion newcomers, Flame, Argo and Red Arrow and we have hosted 19 competitors over the five week series. 

We are looking forward to the autumn series – starting Saturday 23 September.


Parhelion - 4th Saturday - 8 April

The penultimate Saturday of the Spring Parhelion series started with fog horns and discussions with QHM over fog routines and finished with sun cream and a pleasant easterly breeze.

The immediate concerns facing the race team on board Mary Siobhan were whether there was sufficient visibility to start a race and whether there was enough wind to get the fleet away.  The race officer (Daryl Bowles) elected to start both divisions together and the fog lifted just in time to allow the ODM to remain visible from the committee boat.  The first leg took the fleet into the gently building Easterly breeze to Vail Williams with all heading inshore to keep out of the tide.  With the fleet rapidly spreading the race was shortened after one lap in order to allow time for a second start.  The second race again saw both divisions combined on the start but two laps were completed with upwind legs into the tide to Vail Williams and downwind to RNC and RAYC.  Maggie May and One More Knot dominated the Club Fleet but the IRC results were more widely shared with Red Arrow , Tinker T, Wild Blue and Electron V all taking ‘top three’ places.

Results here

and here



Spring Parhelion Sat 1 Apr - Memorial Races

Sixteen boats took part in the two races that were held on the third Saturday of this Spring's Parhelion Series.  Over the past few years the two races of the third Saturday have been designated as Parhelion Memorial Races; an opportunity for us to remember previous competitors who are sadly no longer with us, particularly our old friends Roy Pearce (Rhapsody & Symphony) and Mike Tattersall (Electra).

A very pleasant SW'ly breeze and beautiful sunshine allowed the Race Officer (Rick Hodgeson) to set a pair of courses from the vicinity of Gleeds, out into the central Solent and then back up towards the forts.  In a strong Easterly setting tide both courses provided a tactical challenge that Phil Duff in his Elan 333, One More Knot and Parhelion newcomers, the RAFSA in J109 Red Arrow mastered with impressively consistent performances.  Using NHC ratings, One More Knot gained a first and a second and Red Arrow a second and first; meaning that on 'count back' Red Arrow takes the Memorial trophy.

Results are here

The race was followed with an excellent 'bangers and mash' lunch (accompanied by Jim Page's special gravy!) at PSC!  

The next two races are planned for Saturday 8 Apr with the final races and prize giving planned for Saturday 22 Apr. 

Spring Parhelion Sat 25 Mar

Spring Parhelion Sat 25 Mar



The second Saturday of the Spring Parhelion Series provided beautiful blue skies and a gusty NE’ly that increased steadily from around 16 kts to gusts of nearly 30 by the end of the racing.

A start line was established at Gleeds and both divisions were sent upwind to Vail Williams and then followed a course that took them down to North Sturbridge, just at the same time as the Panamanian car carrier Horizon Highway, in bound for Southampton!  Having successfully avoided 75000 tonnes of steel the fleet then headed north to KB Boat Park and several up and downwind legs before finishing at Gleeds.  The fastest boat on the water was White Cloud IX, John Donnelly’s HOD 35 with an elapsed time of just over one and a half hours.

With the wind the wind freshening, especially in some fluky gusts, several boats decided that they had had enough for one day and headed for home before the Race Officer (Darryl Bowles) also confirmed that a second race might be unwise and finished racing for the day. 

Thanks again due to Mary Siobhan and the PSC Race Team for a really good and well executed race.

Next Saturday 1 April will be the Parhelion Memorial Mini Series; two races that will be run as part of the Parhelion Series but will also constitute the Memorial Mini Series in memory of past supporters.  This will be followed by Bangers/Mash and Beans (£5) at the Portsmouth Sailing Club – don’t miss out!


Results are here







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