Island success shines through at Cowes Week

By Martin Neville

Published on Monday, August 05, 2013 - 17:07


THEY say 'every cloud has a silver lining’ and that was the case for many Isle of Wight crews competing in today’s (Monday) rain sodden Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

As the umbrellas went up, there were many local success stories to shine through the thick mist which enveloped Cowes this afternoon.

Adam Gosling and his crew onboard 'Yes!’ put in another strong performance to finish second behind 'Rhapsodie’ in IRC 4 but ahead of local rival, David Franks’ 'Strait Dealer’ in third.

Jo Richards made it a hat-trick after finishing top for a third consecutive day in IRC 7. Meanwhile, Paul Dunstan’s 'Mandarin’ recorded another top three position, finishing third in IRC 7B.

After finishing second yesterday, 'Defender’ went one better to finish top in the Darings.

Graham Bailey continued his winning streak in the Dragons, clinching top spot from second placed 'Ecstatic’ (Eric Williams) and third placed 'Furious’ (Owen Pay).

Island boat 'Darling S’ (Terra Gill-Taylor) featured again in the Etchells fleet, finishing third today, while 'Ffuraha’ (Mike Boll and Gil McCutcheon) recorded her first top three position of the week, finishing third in the Flying 15s.

'Quail’ finished top in the Redwings, followed by 'Redstart II’ and 'Plover’, and 'Lightning Reflex’ (Geoffrey West) finished third in the Reflex 38s.

In the highly-competive Sonars, Andy Cassell once again led the fleet home to notch up his second consecutive win.

Elsewhere, a gust of wind 20 seconds before the start of the Squibs pushed a full third of the 24 entries over the line prematurely, yet only one boat – Emma Baker and Sam Prime’s Rhapsody in Blue – returned to restart.

In the end, the race was won by 'Lady Penelope’ (Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey), followed some five minutes later by local boat, 'Firecracker Too’ (Andrew Porteous, David Coombes and Jerry Westbrook).

Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees the start of the Big Boat Series featuring some of the largest and most glamorous boats in the world.

The stunning line-up features the likes of Niklas Zennstrom’s 'Ran’, the US mini maxi 'Bella Mente’, as well as the super-fast Reichel Pugh 'Esimit Europa II’.

The historic Britannia Cup will be awarded to the winner of the combined IRC 0 and Class 1 racing. Last year’s winner was Johnny Vincent’s 'Pace’.

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