Sassy’s New Forest sponsors winning sails for Lymington race series 

Sassy Sails propel Yard Fees to yacht racing victory

Sassy’s New Forest, proud sponsor of winning sails for Lymington keelboat sailing race series

Yacht sail bearing Sassy's logo, with blue sky in background

New Forest business Sassy’s is very pleased with its decision to sponsor new sails!

Close up photo of Sassy's branding on Yard Fees sailLymington based Beneteau Platu 25 keelboat "Yard Fees", skippered by local part owner Declan Clamp, has just taken the win in the IRC1 class in the recent Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s Late Late* Series, sporting winning sails proudly sponsored by Sassy’s.

(*Repetition of "late" deliberate!)

During the first race the crew rescued a man overboard from another boat. Rather than the time delay costing them the race, they then went on to win it! They added a second win a week later and went on to win the series with 5 nett points - a conclusive 6 points ahead of the second placed yacht.

Sarah Fitzgerald is a local entrepreneur and owner of the rapidly growing Sassy’s New Forest local retail business: shops which sell colourful and brilliantly priced bags, accessories, clothes and shoes in Lyndhurst, Ringwood and Milford on Sea. Each branch is staffed by a brilliant team of people whom Sarah has personally appointed to represent and reflect her professionalism. The emphasis is on great products to appeal to our "sassy" side, innovative promotion and friendly, excellent customer service. The business also has a website stocked full of gorgeous things we want from which we can buy online - take a look! 

Boat rigger Declan up a yacht mastNew dad Declan’s day job is as a boat rigger working for Berthon in Lymington - where he previously did his apprenticeship. He is regularly to be found up a mast!

In the past, he built and installed the mast on super yacht The Black Pearl, on which he then worked for 3 years.

Sarah is also the proud new grandmother of the newborn!

Yard Fees was so-named because twice in her earlier life she was sold for the fees owed to the harbour rather than her true value! She's now relishing her new life in Lymington, being enjoyed and raced by a local group of friends. They will continue to sail mainly out of Lymington and will also attend some big Solent events such as Cowes Week in 2023. Sarah says to keep your eyes out for the Sassy’s logo sailing around and give the crew a wave!

The Beneteau Platu 25 is a small yacht which is sailed with two sails upwind and three downwind, by 4/5 people. Yard Fees was built in 2006 and has sailed many events in Europe before working her way to the UK.

IRC is a rating rule to handicap different designs of keelboats allowing them to race together; unlike a performance handicap a rating is not altered between races according to the individual boat’s performance, but is based on the physical measurements of the boat. (If you’d like to know more about this click here.)

The crew of Yard Fees at work in the boatThe split second decisions made by the helm at the start of a yacht race are always exciting, in the race all members of the crew play their different and equally vital roles. The sails which provide the propulsive force suffer wear, tear and deterioration so a new sail is an extremely important contributory factor!

For full race results see here.


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