Cowes Week Day 3 Round-Up

By Matthew Mckew

Monday, August 10, 2015

 

Cowes Week Day 3 Round-Up

Bacchante VII won in the Squibs class. Picture copyright Rick Tomlinson.

OVERCAST conditions replaced bright sunshine on day three of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

For the Black Group yachts there was a wind of 17 knots, but for the White Group breezes were more gentle and sometimes non-existent.

In IRC Class 2 there was an all Cowes top three, with Will Harris' Artemis Figaro 77 fairing the best.
The winner of the IRC Class 3 was also from Cowes.

Mr and Mrs Norton's Salvo made the best of a bad start, working hard to recover with a good first beat to the Solent Banks.

"We managed to keep enough ahead of Incognito and Space Race and pulled out a decent lead. A good run home from Caldwell along the Island shore helped us too. We basically had to stay ahead of the others to win and thankfully, with some good crew work, we were able to retain our position at the front," said Peter.
"There was a good breeze out there today, up to 17 knots, but it was fairly shifty."

The recent winner of the Round The Island Race, Giovanni Belgrano had a good day on board the Whooper.
The Cowes boat fended off stiff competition to take first in the IRC Class 6 race.

Jo Richards continued his impressive start to Cowes Week with another win in the IRC Class 7 race.

The skipper of Woof said: "We came off the start line in front of everyone else and because we are the biggest boat in the fleet, it is pretty simple once we’re in front. Today we were consistently pulling out on every leg and it was a relatively straightforward race. There were some quite big shifts on the beat from Beaulieu to Newtown. It was shifting through 20-30 degrees, but it was possible to sail up the middle of the beat and take the shifts when they arrived rather than having to commit to anything. Other than that it was down to good crew work."

In the Contessa 32 it was Cowes' Drumbeat that took first and the winner of division A of the cruisers was Cowes' Panther.

Giles Peckham's Dauntless notched up a third successive win in the Daring Class.

Seaview based Adastra improved on Sunday's second place to take first in the Mermaid Class, while Sam Laidlaw saw success on Cowes' Aguila in the Quarter Ton.

Craig Wood, of Cowes, claimed a second first place onboard the Dolphin, as he looked to build points in the Sonar Class.

And in the Squibs it was Cowes based Bacchante VII that claimed the win.

The racing continues tomorrow (Tuesday), when it is Ladies Day.

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