The final Sunday (April 24) of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring proved to be a tricky day's racing when the wind ignored the forecast and dished up between 5-20 knots plus massive, cold microbursts that switched direction up to 30 degrees. The start for race one for the Black Group was near S Ryde Middle, courses with a two-mile first beat to a laid mark just inshore of the North Channel and then triangles and windward/leeward legs between there and the Ryde Middle Bank before a finish between the East Bramble and Hill Head buoys. The first windward mark was carried away by a boat in the first class to race and was then left drifting. The next two classes managed somehow to round it as it blew rapidly downwind before it was spotted by the Race Committee and replaced in position with new ground tackle (the final two classes were delayed while this was done). The second Black Group race start was near Deloitte Sailing Club mark; 6-7 mile courses with a first windward leg up to mark, then one or two windward/leeward legs before a spinnaker reach to a laid mark near Kilchoman and a short beat back to the same finish. As a result of their incredibly strong leadoff to their series, Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG walked off with the Black Group IRC 1 Class Championship. Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB managed a sixth in class despite missing the first two races. For more Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series sailing information, visit