Eight wins for Isle of Wight sailors on Day 7 of Cowes Week

By Matthew Mckew

Published on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 19:30


Eight wins for Isle of Wight sailors on Day 7 of Cowes Week

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2016 Black Group winning crew Yes!. Picture by Paul Wyeth

TEAM Yes! have won the Black Group once again, proving a change of boat was no hindrance to the side led by Cowes man Adam Gosling.

The crew secured another IRC Class 3 win today (Friday) to take Black Group and put themselves in pole position for the overall Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2016 crown, with only the Squib Class Rehydrated standing in their way.

Jo Richards took IRC Class 7 honours with another win, losing only one race the entire week. Mr Richards has dominated the class for several years now.

Artemis 77, 37 and 23 took one, two, three respectively in the Beneteau Figaro 2, while John Corby beat Daring Class leader Giles Peckham by just over a minute.

Graham Bailey picked up another win aboard Aimee in the Dragon Class, wining with 39 seconds to spare. The win also counted towards the Corinthian Cup.

Will Heritage enjoyed success in the Flying 15.

The 16-year-old skipper said: "We made a bit of a comeback today, which I am really pleased about. Doing well today was all about playing the shifts, hiking hard and keeping your head out the boat. It was a tough day but my dad [David] worked really hard and, as always, he had plenty of good, valuable input.

"The plan for tomorrow is to get a good start and sail our own race and hopefully repeat what we did today."

Sam Laidlaw won again to win the Quarter Ton Class with Aguila. Next across the line in the final race of the class was Louise Morton.

Tomorrow is the final day of racing, with both the White Group and overall winners to be announced.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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