Blaze Nationals 2023 21 Jun 2023
The Sea Sure Blaze Nationals took place across the long-weekend of 9th-11th June at Warsash Sailing Club, with a Class-record 71 boats entering for the event. With 3 days of good breeze and sunshine, some vibrant social laid-on by the club, and backed by generous sponsorship from Sea Sure, it was a recipe for an excellent weekend.
For the sailing, the key theme of the weekend appeared to be trying to navigate the highly shifty breeze (particularly when it came from on shore) and the Rubik’s Cube that is the Solent tide, along with the brilliantly varied conditions (windy Friday, medium Saturday, lighter Sunday). Additionally, the Blaze fleet really has bolstered its assemblage of excellent sailors, including a previous Musto Skiff World Champion in Dan Henderson and a Supernova National Champion in Alex Horlock, so it was going to be interesting to see how they fared against back-to-back National Champion, Ben Harden, making a return to the fleet in pursuit of his third successive crown.
Photo Credit: Christopher Hughes Photography