Sir Keith Mills wins again at Cowes Week

By Martin Neville

Published on Sunday, August 04, 2013 - 16:49


Sir Keith Mills wins again at Cowes Week

5 Degrees West. Picture by Jennifer Burton.


TOTTENHAM Hotspur director, Sir Keith Mills, scored his second bullet of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week today (Sunday), but by the narrowest of margins.

His TP52 '5 Degrees West’ beat rival 'Pace' by just two seconds on corrected time.

Sir Keith had a comfortable lead until the last run where he admitted they had a "shocker" on their last gybe.

He said: "We just sat in a hole for 20-30 seconds. Then we had to put in a couple of extra gybes coming up to the finish line so it could have gone two seconds either way."

After finishing in second place on the opening day, Cowes sailor Adam Gosling, at the helm of 'Yes!’ went one better to win IRC 4.

Yesterday’s winner, local rival 'Strait Dealer’ (David Franks), could only finish third behind 'Tokoloshe’.

It was two out of two for another local boat, 'Woof’ (Jo Richards), which claimed top spot in IRC 7 for the second day running.

Meanwhile, 'Mandarin’ (Paul Dunstan) put in another strong performance but, like yesterday, was unable to topple first-placed 'Madelaine’ in IRC 7B.

In the Darings, local boat 'Defender’ finished behind last year’s class winner, 'Dauntless’, while Cowes sailors Graham Bailey and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox secured first and second places respectively in the Dragons.

Bailey said: "It was a game of two halves. Everything was difficult today until the second half when we had plenty of reaches. Thankfully we were ahead by then."

Other Island successes included a bullet for 'Bullit’ in the Quarter Tonners, a win for 'Jenny’ (Andy Cassell and Ken Newman) in the Sonars, a first for 'Kandoo III’ in the RS Elites, a third for 'Lightning Reflex’ (Geoffrey West) in the Reflex 38 and a third place for 'Aquabat’ (Fred Warren-Smith) in the Squibs.

The Bembridge Redwing race was won by 'Harlequin’ with 'Quail’ in second, while 'Amethyst’ (Charles Glanville) headed the Seaview Mermaids home with 'Dragonfly’ (Richard Prest) 20 seconds behind.

Tomorrow (Monday), there will be a special opportunity to watch the 'Moth, Kitesurf, Windsurf showdown’ featuring Olympic gold medallist, Paul Goodison, Olympic silver windsurfing medallist, Nick Dempsey, and British extreme kitesurfer, Sam Lutman-Pauc.

They will be taking each other on in a highly-charged, spectacular battle off the Green between 5pm and 6pm.

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