Superb sailing conditions for the return of the X-Yachts Solent Cup

The X-Yachts Solent Cup returned for 2021 over the UK Spring Break weekend (May 28-30) and was blessed with blue skies and great sailing conditions in the Solent, with the hosts the Royal Southern Yacht Club ensuring smooth and relaxed racing. fun by the sea.

the Family class proved popular with participating X-Yacht owners, sporting the largest fleet to date with thrilling races across the fleet.

Special mentions go to Maxian, one of the few fully family-crewed X-Yachts in the regatta who put in a super father-son effort, and the husband and wife team at the helm of the Xc 42 Freya – the only double-handed yacht race at the event.

X marks Xenia’s place with Baby X behind | Credit: Rick Tomlinson

Barry Tipping and his crew traveled all the way from Dover to compete with his new X4⁰, Roxie. And particularly well sailed was Xc 38 Astrid, the smallest X-Yacht in the family fleet but brave enough to mix it up with the larger Xs of the family class.

But the class winner was Anthony Esse’s X4³ Baby X, helmed by Charlie Esse for back-to-back wins that sealed the overall X-Yachts Solent Cup title – not to mention the coveted stand-up paddle board X -Yachts as well as many other prizes from the event sponsors.

Baby X with the fleet, including David Murray's Irish-flagged X-50 Touche |  Credit: Rick TomlinsonBaby X with the fleet, including David Murray’s Irish-flagged X-50 Touche | Credit: Rick Tomlinson

“X Yachts GB has once again excelled in delivering a fabulous, high quality weekend of sailing,” said Anthony after the event. “For any X-Yacht owner, this is an unmissable regatta. The camaraderie and good nature along with excellent sailing made this weekend a truly memorable one.

In the Sport classvarying sizes ranged from the imposing dark-hulled X4⁶ xSabio – with a crew that had never raced together before – to the well-sailed X-302 Quickstep.

But it was the X-34 Juno, a boat under new ownership since the start of the year, that took the Sports Class title, winning a B&G voucher for £1,500 and plenty of other useful items.

Winner of the Sports class, the X-34 Juno of Simon Bottoms and William Bridge |  Credit: Rick TomlinsonWinner of the Sports class, the X-34 Juno of Simon Bottoms and William Bridge | Credit: Rick Tomlinson

Note in your diaries the next edition of the X-Yachts Solent Cup which will be held from May 13 to 15, 2022.

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