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About Ian Braham, owner and skipper of “Haven K-J Enigma”

Ian started sailing as a boy, first in Heron dinghies and later in Enterprises.  He started yacht racing in his late teens, crewing in local races on the Sussex coast.  Ian bought his first “yacht”, a UFO 27, at the age of 25, which he raced regularly, including numerous cross channel races and in inshore regattas such as Cowes Week.  Probably the most adventurous exploit in “High Flyer” was to sail her two-handed to Cork in the 1994 Triangle Race, (which took 3 days and 4 hours!).  A period of dinghy racing followed in his early 30’s, in Fireballs, while also chartering yachts for events such as Cowes Week.  The highlight of this was winning the 40 boat Sunsail Sunfast 36 fleet in Cowes Week in 1999 and in doing so, winning holidays in the Caribbean for the crew!

About “Enigma”

Ian purchased Enigma, a 1992 MG 346 designed by Tony Castro, in 2004.  Over the intervening years, Ian has raced Enigma in Cowes Week 10 times, with class wins in 5 of these, including winning the overall regatta trophy for yachts (Black Group) in 2008.  Enigma has also competed in every Round the Island Race run since 2004 in Engima, with several class wins recorded over the years.

In addition to inshore racing, Ian and the team have competed offshore in Enigma, including the Fastnet Race in 2011 and 2015, finishing 5th and 2nd in Class 4B.

The Crew

The crew of “Haven K-J Enigma” is made up of a combination of experience (aka old age) and youthful enthusiasm.  The core crew is made up of the following:

Marine Surveyor (Ian)
Naval Architect (Pete)
Systems Engineer (Nick)
Yoga Instructor (Claire)
Marine Engineer (Mark)
Yachting journalist and photographer (David)
Graphics Systems Engineer (Neil)
University Student (Carrie)
School Student (Licity . . . when mum Carries lets her sail!)
Training Course Sales Executive (Ross)
Superyacht Crew (Harry – when he’s in the country)
Merchant Shipping Cadet (James – when he’s not away studying or at sea)

The normal inshore racing crew is 8, with 5 or 6 offshore.  A typical average age of the crew would be about 45, with those in the upper 50’s being offset by some in their teens or early twenties.  The whole crew is very experienced, with virtually all having started sailing in dinghies as kids.  In fact, one member of the core crew (Mark) has sailed with Ian for over 30 years!

A typical year would include local weekly racing from Poole, a number of regattas (Taittenger, Poole, Dartmouth, Round the Island etc) and a couple of cross-channel races.

Below is an update of their achievements and calendar dates so far in 2021!

Race Training & Regatta – Poole – 1st & 2nd May

Organised by the Poole Yacht Racing Association, this provided practice starts on the Saturday morning, two practice races in the afternoon, followed by two competitive races on Sunday.  Winds were largely light (6 to 10 knots) and crews were treated to some sunshine.  17 boats took part, split into 2 classes.  “Haven K-J Enigma” managed two second places in the Sunday races, to finish second overall in the 9 boat Class 1, behind Volante from Poole Yacht Club.

PYRA 2021 Two Handed Series – 15th May 2021

On a still morning, 11 PYRA Yachts inched their way out into Poole Bay. Ian and Pete tackled the tricky conditions to win the first race. Luckily, the wind filled in for Race 2 and our plucky sailors managed to eke out a 4th on the water and claim 2nd overall in the series – Congratulations Ian and Pete

Round the Island Race – 3rd July 2021

On a cloudy Saturday on 3rd July 2021, over 1200 boats and 7,000 sailors could be found milling about on the water in Cowes, Isle of Wight, waiting for the start of the 90th Round the Island Race.  Ian and his crewmates had yet another successful race – read more here

The Taittenger Regatta – 17th & 18th July 2021

The Taittenger Regatta at Yarmouth is one of the crew’s favourite events, combining great racing with excellent social activities ashore.   However with Covid rules still in place the crew were handed a complimentary bottle of Taittenger Champagne which kicked things off nicely on the Friday evening.  Read more here to see how well Haven K-J Enigma did.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – 26th to 29th August 2021

The Regatta committee, run by volunteers, is one of the oldest Regattas in the country with the earliest recorded in 1822.  2019 saw the 175th Dartmouth Royal Regatta take place.   Success of Haven K-J Enigma will be reported here #watchthisspace


Poole Winter Series

The Poole Bay Autumn Series, organised by Parkstone Yacht Club, runs from 3rd October until 12th December. Two races are run each Sunday, the first starting inside the harbour entrance for a race out into the Bay. The second race starts out in the bay.

This race format has proved popular, with two short, sharp races providing plenty of boat handling practice.

Week one results:

Race 1 – 1st

Race 2 – 1st

Week two results:

Race 3 – 2nd

Race 4 – 1st

Week three results:

Race 5 – 1st

Race 6 – 2nd

Week four results:

Race 7 – 1st

Race 8 – 2nd



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