Round up of Cowes Week 2016 opening weekend

By Matthew Mckew

Published on Monday, August 08, 2016 - 15:50


Round up of Cowes Week 2016 opening weekend

BASIL, RS Elite. Picture by Paul Wyeth.

THIS year's Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week got underway with some fantastic sailing conditions, the weather staying bright and breezy.

There were no surprises when Cowes Week pro Adam Gosling notched up two wins in a row with Island based boat Yes!

Although named Yes! the skipper crews a new IRC Class 3 boat, as he looks to secure a fourth straight win.

Some of the most interesting racing on Saturday came in the Daring Class, when Cowes town councillor John Corby went up against the experienced Giles Peckham.

Peckham defied the pack's decision to go for a number of tortuously short tacks, to opt for a longer offshore hitch on port tack. It initially paid off as he emerged ahead of Corby's Doublet, but by the time the fleet crossed the line, Doublet was ahead by more than three minutes.

Other Island boats to win on Saturday included Kevin Downer's Ziggy and Jo Richards' Woof.

Graham Bailey finished first on Aimee in the Dragon and Peter Morton secured the points in the Fast 40+.

Louise Morton won the Quarter Ton on Bullit and Jo Gillespie won Div 2 and overall in the Sportboat.

On Sunday Giles Peckham was back out in front in the Daring Class and Graham Bailey notched a second win in the Dragon.

Bailey's Aimee finished 32 second ahead of the nearest challenger.

There was also Island success in the Etchells, with Andrew Cooper leading the fleet home.

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