The 2013 Hamble Warming Pan, hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club, will take place on 16/17 March. The annual Warming Pan regatta is one of the few occasions each year that dinghy racing takes place in the main channel of the River Hamble providing a very special experience for both sailors and spectators.
This year’s six invited fleets are the Merlin Rocket, Firefly, Enterprise, National 12 & Foxer classes, and a new addition for 2013, the Albacore class.
The Merlin Rocket and Firefly classes will be counting the Warming Pan as an event in their respective annual travellers series, the Silver Tiller and Vines Trophies.
This year the Merlin Rocket fleet will race on Sunday only. All other classes will race on both days.
Two races are scheduled each day for the Enterprise, Firefly, Albacore and National 12 fleets. The Foxer fleet is scheduled to complete four races each day.
Racing will start and finish on the HRSC club line, just five minutes sail from the launching area. The event Notice of Race is now available on the HRSC website, together with useful information about arrival, parking and accommodation. http://www.hambleriversc.org.uk/sailing/2013-warming-pan
Entry fees have been kept at the same level as last year, just £25 for double-handed crews and £12.50 for single-handers. One day entry is also possible at £15 per boat for doublehanders and £7 for singlehanders.
The clubhouse will be open all weekend for hot drinks and food with the bar opening each lunchtime and on also on Saturday evening when an evening meal will be available.
Warming Pan history – The first Hamble Warming Pan regatta was held in 1962 when there were just two competing classes, Merlin Rockets and National 12 dinghies. Over the years the invite list has expanded whilst maintaining the spirit of the original founders intentions. Racing is held in the confines of the River Hamble and is run by Hamble River Sailing Club, based near the centre of Hamble village. Warming Pan competitors come from all parts of the country but have always included a strong local contingent from the local riverside villages of Hamble and Warsash. Winners are awarded a Warming Pan, a prize which can cause confusion with some of the younger competitors!
Further information for competitors – Contact HRSC on email@example.com or 02380 452070 or http://www.hambleriversc.org.uk/sailing/2013-warming-pan
Publicity contact – Barnaby Smith email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07832 160960