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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 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

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