Cowes Week Day 5 sailing

By Matthew Mckew

Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 19:10


Cowes Week Day 5 sailing

Cowes Week, Aimee, skippered by George Bailey. Picture by Paul Wyeth

TEN wins went to Island sailors on a difficult Day 5 of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2016.

Both the Mermaid and Victory classes were abandoned, after suffering from a delayed start because of a lack of wind in the central Solent.

All of the day's racing was hampered by drops in the wind speed, but Island man James Gair was able to walk away with victory aboard the Zero II in IRC Class 1.

The Yes! suffered a setback in IRC Class 3, placing second, two and a half minutes behind the Incognito.

Jo Richards came away with yet another win aboard Woof, finishing four and a half minutes ahead on corrected time.

Bewick of Cowes led home the Cruisers in Div A and John Corby's Doublet finished first in the Daring Class.

In the Dragon Class George Bailey guided his Aimee back to the top of the class, after a poor race the day before. He also took first in the Corinthian Cup.

Fer de Lance finished an impressive five minutes ahead of the nearest competition in the J/70. Alex Locke, Anthony Locke, Glyn Lock and David Chapman all aboard the Island boat.

Ole Bettum saw success with the Alamara B III in the J/97 and Sam Laidlaw racked up another victory on Aguila in the Quarter Ton.

Colin and Becky Samuelson enjoyed some good luck, alongside Peter Harvey on Toucan.

The trio took first in the Redwing Class.

"The wind gods were definitely smiling down on us today because somehow we managed to escape all the wind holes and win by 13 minutes. Basically we had a very good start, which was key, then sailed a good course round the holes. It was a tough three-hour race but it was finally shortened at Brambles, which was a good decision by the race officer," said Colin.

"As we crossed the line, we saw the second boat fall into a hole and all those behind follow. It was all a bit congested but they all finished fairly close once the wind filled in again."

The IW's X One Designs were devastated by the January fire at Medina Yard, but it was Island boat Gleam that took victory in Wednesday's race. J Meaning is the skipper.


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