TODAY (Tuesday) at Cowes Week the big yachts in class 0 were racing for one of the regatta's most prestigious trophies, the Britannia Cup.
Presented by King George Vl in 1951, today his granddaughter, The Princess Royal, was competing for the cup, racing against her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence on the two identical Farr 65 yachts entered by UKSA, the official event charity.
Irvine Laidlaw’s Reichel Pugh 52 'Cape Fling ll’ was first across the finish line, almost 15 minutes ahead of Michael Bartholomew’s GP42 'Tokoloshe ll’.
However, Laidlaw was unable to save his time against the smaller boat and 'Tokoloshe ll’ won the coveted trophy by 12 seconds on corrected time.
In the match race that naturally developed between the two UKSA boats, 'Albatross ll’ extended her lead around the 24-mile course, with Princess Anne on the helm as she crossed the finish line.
Elsewhere, Island crews continued their success on the water.
Among them was Cowes skipper Adam Gosling who notched up his third bullet of the week onboard 'Yes!’.
Paul Dunstan’s 'Mandarin’ won class 7, ahead of local boat 'Jiminy Cricket’ (Mike Harrison) in third, while Giovanni Belgrano’s 'Whooper’ and Jo Richards’ 'Woof’ finished first and second respectively in class 6.
Class 1 featured a third place for Mike Greville’s 'Erivale III’, with Bernard Olesinski’s 'Xinska’ winning class 3 and David Franks’ 'Strait Dealer’ second in class 4.
Giles Peckham returned to winning ways to claim top spot in the Darings and it was another win for Andy Cassell’s 'Jenny’ in the Sonars.
Paul Robert’s 'Bad Toad’ manoeuvred ahead of a tight pack of boats to lead away at the start of the Quarter Ton race.
While many boats hoisted spinnakers, 'Bad Toad’ remained under main and jib, with the chasing pack of Tony Hayward’s 'Black Fun’, Mark Yeabsley’s 'Illegal Immigrant’, and Catrina Southworth and Lincoln Reading’s 'Whiskers’ all closing the gap in lulls, but falling back in gusts.
However, it was Hayward that led the fleet across the finish, just ten seconds ahead of Peter 'Morty’ Morton’s 'Bullit’.
It was a tight margin, but one that enabled Hayward to claim the race win by just one second ahead of Morty.
The top three boats in the Dragons – Martin 'Stavros’ Payne’s 'Full Speed’, Gavia Wilkinson Cox’s 'Jerboa’ and Graham and Julia Bailey’s 'Aimee’ – finished just 14 seconds apart.
In a tight finish that saw the top three Redwings cross the line only 75 seconds apart, Bruce Huber’s 'Quail’ was ahead, with 'Toucan’ (Colin and Becky Samuelson) second and 'Harlequin’ third.
The Mermaid class made a conservative approach to its start, with the pack well back from the line at the start, giving Andrew, Jo and Alex Neill’s 'Cynthia’ an initial lead of three lengths on John Turner and Mike Randall’s 'Rosemary’, and Fred Few Brown’s young crew on 'Zara’.
At the finish it was Charles Tiley’s 'Halluf’ that crossed the line first to take a second successive win.
'Cynthia’ was second, 16 seconds ahead of Guy Mattinson and Jeremy Pocock’s 'Mimosa’.