Windshifts, gusts and lulls on day three of Cowes Week

By Martin Neville

Monday, August 4, 2014

 

THE seemingly unstoppable 'Dauntless’ was finally reeled in at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week today (Monday).

Giles Peckham, a veteran of 30 Cowes Week regattas, could 'only’ muster third place after threatening to leave his rivals trailing in his wake following two wins at the weekend.

On a day of windshifts, gusts and lulls in a mostly south-westerly breeze, he finished two minutes behind Daring class winner and fellow Island competitor, Diana Christie on 'Finesse’.

James Gair’s 'localletterbox Zero II’ won class 1 ahead of Mike Greville’s 'Erivale III’, while Cowes skipper Adam Gosling and his crew on board 'Yes!’ emulated their success of yesterday with another bullet in class 2.

Local boats David Franks’ 'Strait Dealer’ and Jo Richards’ 'Woof’ won classes 4 and 6 respectively, while class 7 saw a third for Islander Paul Dunstan’s 'Mandarin’. 

Cowes sailor Gavia Wilkinson-Cox recorded her third podium finish with a second in the Dragons, while in the Etchells it was a great day for the Goddard family who took first and second place.

Rob Goddard and team aboard 'Stampede’ took their first win of the week, while his son, Ashley, was a member of the crew on second placed 'Darling S’.

Rob said: "Today was all about reading the tides correctly and maintaining good boat speed."

In cruiser division B, local boat Ian Miller's Jeanneau Sun Fast 32 'Dabra' finished with a clear lead to win the class by almost seven minutes on corrected time.

'Ffuraha’ (Mike Boll and Gil McCutcheon) put in a strong performance to take third in the Flying 15s, while a close race in the Mermaids ended with Anthony Eaton’s 'Sheen’ taking top spot.

The Quarter Tonners saw plenty of local success with 'Bullit’ (Morty) and 'Espada’ (Louise Morton) taking first and second place respectively, and the Squibs finished with 'Aquabat’ (Sarah Everitt and Steve Warren-Smith) also taking second.

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