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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)

and

Insurance Bloke (Paul)

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 a calendar for dates so far in 2022!

International Paint Poole Regatta – Poole – 30th April to 2nd May

Organised by the combined yacht clubs in Poole and sponsored by International Paint and Haven Knox-Johnston (amongst others), this is the opening regatta for our intrepid crew upon ‘Haven KJ Enigma’

Round the Island Race – 25th June 2022

The renowned regatta falls into June this year and we expect a great turnout again with over 600 entries already committed to take on the start line.

The Taittenger Regatta – 23rd and 24th July 2022

The Taittenger Regatta at Yarmouth is one of the crew’s favourite events, combining great racing with excellent social activities ashore.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – 25th to 28th August 2022

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 is organised by Parkstone Yacht Club. Two races are attempted each Sunday

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

Haven KJ Enigma, skippered by Ian Braham and crewed by our very own Paul Knox-Johnston plan to mirror their 2021 results this year.

Results to follow

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