Spectators Guide


2017 Battle of the Classes pursuit race will be held this Sunday (23), with first signal scheduled for 14.35

Spectatos can watch from the Southampton Boat Show Marina pontoons,  with live SailRacer GPS tracking available from the event website.



2017 Battle of the Classes - preview

The 2017 Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race will feature at the YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show on 17th September 2017. The annual pursuit race is a fantastic show case for the diversity of the UK dinghy racing scene, with many of the country’s top sailing representing their classes.

The Battle of the Classes will be held in front of the Southampton Boat Show Marina, with great spectating from the outer pontoon. Race updates and commentary will be broadcast across the Show PA. Live SailRacer GPS tracking will be available via the event website:


The first start is scheduled for 14:30, with the experienced race management team from Royal Southampton Yacht Club getting the race under way for the star studied fleet.

First off will the RS Tera Sports, and the youngest competitor 12 year old Adelicia Lavendar and 13 year old Lizzie Foster leading the charge.

Five minutes later, 2017 Topper World Champion, Scott Wilkinson will start who will be looking to go one better than the classes second place in 2016.

The 14 minute starting point sees a big succession of single handers starting, with the Laser 4.7 of Thomas Parkhurst, 2nd at the Nationals and the Comet of Bob Dodds, also 2nd at his class nationals.

The Byte class have entered a strong team with two boats each for CI and CII rigs. The Byte CIs start at the 15 minute mark with National Champion, Rik Whitehouse and Emma Pearson. The faster Byte CIIs (18 minutes), sees National Champion Louis Saunders and Stu Moore trying to catch the CIs. Also starting at the 18 minute mark is top Solo sailor Oliver Davenport.

Next away are the Lasers (20 minutes), with Craig Williamson and Joseph Drake. Craig was second at the 2017 Nationals and is a regular front runner in the highly competitive GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series.

Also starting at 20 minutes is the 2000 of Kev and Jake O’Brien from the RAF Sailing Association. Top Wayfarer sailors, David Roberts and Michael Bryant get away at 21 minutes.

Ben Rolfe, who was 4th at the RS Aero 7 World Championships, flies the flag with the fast growing RS Aero class, starting at 23 minutes.

Mike Lyons top Blaze sailor and former class champion starts at 25 minutes, followed by the Tasar (26 minutes) of Chris and Amber Brown.

Two top RS100s start at 27 minutes, with Steven Lee and Alistair Dickson who was crowned class champion a couple of weeks ago.

At 30 minutes the RS400 of Peter Jackson and Alex Noakes start, joined by the Fireball of Isaac Marsh and Oliver Davenport.

Two Ospreys start at 31 minutes, with Nationals Champions Terry Curtis and Peter Greig, joined by Emma Stevenson and Tim Bowden.

At 31 minutes former national champion Jonathan Carter starts in his Vortex.

The Nationals 18s, the largest boats in the race start at 33 minutes, will make an impressive sight sailed by 3 crew. The two N18s will be sailed by Maria Richards, Hugo and Jessica Berney, joined by Ben and Jeremy Vines and Steve Watton.

The fast B14 skiff of Geraldine and Chris Farmoor heads off at 36 minutes.

Finally at 60 minutes the Foiling Moth of Dan Ellis, Inland Champion will look to make up the time deficit and fly past the slower boats with just 30 minutes of race time. International Moths have been previous winners of the Battle of the Classes.

The prize giving will be held at the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean VIllage.

Start times 

Class SailNos Helm Crew Club Start Minute
RS Tera Sport 943
  Felpham Sailing Club 0
RS Tera Sport 743 Lizzie FOSTER   Emsworth Sailing Club 0
Topper 4.2 47659 Giles BAKER   Datchet Water Sailing Club 4
RS Tera Pro 2305
  Olton Mere Sailing Club 4
Topper 47522
  Rye Harbour Sailing Club 5
Laser 4.7 212943
  Beaver Sailing Club 14
Comet 869 Bob DODDS   Crawley Mariners Yacht Club 14
Byte 3078 Emma PEARSON   Weston Sailing Club 15
Byte 3561
  Combs Sailing Club 15
Solo 5737
  Redesmere SC 18
Byte CII 3573 Louis SAUNDERS   Combs Sailing Club 18
Byte CII 3608 Stu MOORE   Weston Sailing Club 18
Laser 212660 Joseph DRAKE   Royal Norfolk And Suffolk Yacht Club 20
Laser 210914
  Hisc/shsc 20
2000 22619 Kev O'BRIEN Jake O'BRIEN Raf Sailing Association 20
Wayfarer 10673 David ROBERTS Michael BRYANT Bough Beech 21
RS Aero 7 2346 Ben ROLFE   Lymington Town 23
Blaze 818 Mike LYONS   Burghfield SC 25
Tasar 1189 Chris BROWN Amber BROWN Weston SC 26
RS100 8.4 314 Steven LEE   Weston 27
RS100 8.4 410 Alistair DICKSON   Gurnard 27
RS400 1078 Peter JACKSON Alex NOKES Silver Wing Sailing Club 30
Fireball 15070 Isaac MARSH Oliver DAVENPORT Dovestone SC 30
Osprey 1175 Emma STEVENSON Tim BOWDEN Weymouth Sailing Club 31
Osprey 1281 Terry CURTIS Peter GREIG Castle Cove SC 31
Vortex 2014
Jonathan CARTER
  Rickmansworth Sailing Club 32
National 18 401 Ben VINES
National 18 165 Maria RICHARDS Hugo BERNEY Blackwater Sailing Club 33
B14 786 Geraldine FERMOR
Chris 'leaky' FERMOR
Int Moth 4501 Dan ELLIS   Yealm YC 60

16/9/2017 06:09


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17th Sept 2017


The Battle Of The Classes Pursuit Race will feature at the Southampton Boat Show on the 17th of September 2017. Hosted by Royal Southampton YC and SWAC with live GPS Tracking and online commentary from SailRacer.