Ossie Stewart crewed by his son Tom Stewart and Geoff Carveth, sailing More T Vicar, won the Brewin Dolphin RS Elite International Grand Prix, incorporating the UK National Championship, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 June. After a cliff-hanger tenth and final race on the Sunday morning, Stewart and his crew beat Russell Peters, crewed by Greg Wells and James Grant, sailing Riff Raff, by just one point to collect the trophy, with Peters finishing second.

In third place were last year’s champions Tom Hewitson, crewed by Colin Smith and Jo Hewitson, sailing Shaken not Stirred, fourth place went to Martin Jones and crew in Candida, in fifth place were Simon Brien and crew in Kin and in sixth, Paul Fisk and crew in Legs Eleven.

Competition was fierce with 23 boats out of the entry of 40 being black flagged at least once. The series undecided until the last race. Despite having won five of the ten races, Peters was black flagged on two races, effectively using up all his possible discards. Stewart finished the last race with one discard in hand and was able to discard his last race result of 18th to give him an overall points total of 33 as compared to Peters’ 34 thus winning the title by one point.

Racing was held in the central Solent over windward-leeward courses in the general area of Hill Head. Winds were generally south westerly 15-20 knots with tidal conditions causing choppy seas at times. Conditions were rather lighter on the last day.

For event organiser Charlie Egerton-Warburton, this was to be the last of the many regattas he would organise for the fleet although many competitors felt that they would like to come back to the RYS in the future. This time he pulled out all the stops to make the event a success. The size of the entry was spectacularly good in a world recovering from the Covid disruptions. Race management provided by the RYS teams led by Jonathan Peel and Charles Hall-Thomson was impeccable and the parties were the best ever. The event charity The Andrew Cassell Foundation raised £3,644.83 during the regatta, from the charity ‘Race to the Start’ on Friday and raffle ticket sales at the event dinner on Saturday.

Originally intended to have been held in 2020. The event was postponed to 2022 because of the Covid disruptions. The international entry included crews from the United States, Norway and Antigua. Some other potential international competitors were unable to make the rescheduled date.

PosSail NumberBoat NameHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Total
167MORE T VICAROssie StewartHayling Island Sailing Club423(41/BFD)323214(18)33
220RIFF RAFFRussell PetersRoyal Yacht Squadron / Royal Thames Yacht Club / Hayling Island Sailing Club31(41/BFD)(41/BFD)111191734
37SHAKEN NOT STIRREDTom HewitsonHayling Island Sailing Club151(41/BFD)211109-12241
4113CANDIDAMartin JonesRoyal Yacht Squadron27(19)557114(41/BFD)142
5111KINSimon BrienRoyal North of Ireland Yacht Club5(13)71(12)4123111154
6110LEGS ELEVENPaul FiskEmsworth Sailing Club61456(41/BFD)3415(28)356
765CRAIC ADDICT/VAGRANTToby StraussHayling Island Sailing Club739(41/BFD)14613(17)7968
840BASILOwen BowermanHayling Island Sailing Club99(17)(32)613511131076
937STORMStephen PollyRUYC / BYC8(19)(22)154176716477
1025FREEBIE KNOTJostein AkerTønsberg Seilforening - Norway10(30)1524952(41/BFD)41281
116LITE BLOOAdrian WardHayling Island Sailing Club24124(41/BFD)(29)167141886
12101CENTURIONMiles OdellHayling Island Sailing Club12413(41/BFD)71418(41/BFD)52093
1353THE LOVE BUGMichael BrowneRoyal North of Ireland Yacht Club152221713(26)(26)83796
1446THE DOCTORPeter CopseyHayling Island Sailing Club1121(26)2(26)122352013107
1544ECLIPSESteve FisherHayling Island Sailing Club1366161615(19)1817(25)107
1689THEOSteven HammondHayling Island Sailing Club16(29)2921(31)2219615110
1763E'TUAlistair KeckRoyal Lymington Yacht Club181129382216(41/BFD)8(31)115
1892URAFIKIJames YearsleyHayling Island Sailing Club201816(27)22102721(41/BFD)6140
1911EGGPaul LewisHayling Island Sailing Club1916148(41/RET)(41/RET)9282126141
2064TOUCANRoss VaughanRoyal North of Ireland Yacht Club(30)2527(33)15238221014144
2156UPFRONTJeff RalstonRoyal North of Ireland Yacht Club273533111719(36)62(41/DNS)150
22116QUAILEdmund PeelRoyal Yacht Squadron2127364(41/RET)(41/DNC)14102616154
23GBR109RIGHT TIME TOOPhilip WrightCowes Corinthian Yacht Club(32)15111223(30)25202427157
2468SERIOUS MOONLIGHTRichard BavinRoyal Burnham Yacht Club2520281425(33)1724(32)5158
25IRL50ANCHORMANOli LoughheadRoyal North of Ireland Yacht Club178(41/BFD)261029202627(41/DNS)163
26GBR9080FIDELITEJohn KnightGuernsey Yacht Club / Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club22(33)83031924(41/BFD)2322169
27GBR69SAPPHIREDavid NichollsHayling Island Sailing Club14(32)232020273016(33)21171
28107ALL THE GEARNeil FulcherRoyal Burnham Yacht Club(34)262417182821(41/BFD)1823175
2922EXCALIBURRoger MartinRoyal Burnham Yacht Club(35)2825103021(31)132528180
3029GALADRIELJamie MuirHayling Island Sailing Club2617202319202827-30(41/RET)180
31GBR100SOAK THERAPYCharlie Egerton-WarburtonRoyal Yacht Squadron33(36)101927(34)32122919181
3221THE OUTLAWZandy HobdayRoyal Burnham Yacht Club / Royal Corinthian Yacht Club28241225(41/DSQ)8292931(35)186
3375ZAN IIMartin BeckAntigua Yacht Club2910(41/DNS)21(41/BFD)2537251924190
34115BEAVERMike PowellBellingham Yacht Club, USA(37)3132281118(35)231532190
35NOR 94MOMENTARY LAPSWillem VinkeTonsberg Seilforening232318183224(34)32(34)33203
3683BLIND SQUIRRELBill BlankRoyal Burnham Yacht Club36(39)31132432(39)312229218
3736ILLEGALPhilip AndersonStrangford Lough Yacht Club31343422(41/DSQ)(41/DNC)15303641/RET243
3817BAMBOOZLEDJohn McVeaStrangford Lough Yacht Club(38)(37)3029283533333530253
3955WOMBATMark HollidayHayling Island Sailing Club / Royal Thames Yacht Club / Emsworth Sailing Club(39)38(41/RET)31333638343834282
4026SWAN SONGPaul Crean, Andrew CreanRoyal Thames Yacht Club404035(41/RET)34(41/DNC)4041/RET3741/DNS308