Cowes Week 2022 – Day 5 – World of Sailing | Gmx Pharm

Cowes Week 2022 – Day 5

by Rupert Holmes Aug 3 11:37 PDT
July 30 – August 5, 2022

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Lighter winds picked up this morning to give participants another great day on the water, mainly in breezes of 10-18 knots.

In the HP30 class, Alain Waha’s Far East 28R Gowest-Cogital is defending the Musto Young Skipper’s Trophy he won last year. Today he rated the downwind approach, high tide launch very well, as did Jerry Hill’s Farr 280 Morale Compass, with both boats starting closest to the line and first in the fleet to hoist spinnakers.

Sture Wickman’s Swedish McConaghy 31 Vitres was also well placed as the leaders passed the shore of HMS Severn, which is on station as Cowes Week guard ship for the remainder of the week. By the end, another Farr 280, Chris Townsend and Richard Powell’s Gweilo, had come to the fore, taking line honors and winning on corrected time by a margin of 96 seconds. Moral Compass was second and Vitres third, relegating Gowest-Cogital to fourth place.

As a result, Waha lost his second overall in the Musto Young Skipper’s Trophy standings, dropping to fourth place but only 0.4 points behind Charlie, Tom and Harry White’s Squib Kestrel. The Rouse Allen family’s Contessa 32 Andaxi now leads the standings for this award by a comfortable margin with two races to go, while a fourth place finish today for Carl Hentge’s Oceanis 38.1 Veritas in the Club Cruiser White class moves him to second place.

Among the big boats in the regatta, Ian Atkins’ Dark ‘n’ Stormy won one of the most prestigious trophies in sailing, the Britannia Cup, first awarded to King George Vl in 1950. Atkins, who is in his 33rd sailing at Cowes Week, stormed around the 25-mile course to take line honors three minutes ahead of another GP42, Guy Gillon and Christian Hamilton’s Khumbu, with both boats tying their time on the boats lower rating in the fleet.

Downwind starts are a feature of many Cowes Week races. This year, however, a combination of a steady west-southwest wind and the tides for the first four days meant that all launches to date have been conventional windward launches. However, with today’s launch sequence being almost low tide, participants were sent east from the Royal Yacht Squadron line to keep boats away from the Grantham rocks near the coast west of the line.

Perhaps surprising given the number of jump starters early in the regatta, everyone was very cautious today, with the notable exception of two Redwings who were still struggling to get started well after the rest of the class were halfway through had covered its first sign.

Many boats approached the line, turned to starboard and slid sideways on the tide before bearing away and hoisting spinnakers on the gun. This seemed to work well for many of the lighter and faster boats in the early starts, but later in the sequence proved to be a risky strategy for the slower day boats when they couldn’t rely on enough speed to take on the fastest current in deep to claim water.

Performance Cruiser A includes an impressive array of yachts including an immaculately converted Nicholson 55, a Swan 62 and 65, the 45ft ex-Admiral’s Cupper Scaramouche, who now races with a team of Greig City Academy girls, plus two modern X4.3 . Today the fleet was another, lagging far behind from the start, making accelerating to speed for these relatively heavy boats as important as how close a boat was to the gun on the line.

Charles Esse’s X4.3 Baby X was the first to hoist her spinnaker and initially led the fleet away, although the sail was slow to fill. However, it wasn’t long before Richard Loftus’ Swan 65 Desperado was accelerating to the windward side of Baby X, with Derek Saunders’ Corby 45 Incisor just a fraction behind.

Desperado went for the take line honors, but the Giant Ketch couldn’t save her time on Baby X, who claimed the corrected time victory. Global Yacht Racing’s First 47.7 EH01 finished third after time correction, just 57 seconds behind Desperado.

John Howell and Paul Newell’s A31 Arcus scored a decisive win in IRC Class 3, nearly seven minutes ahead of the corrected time of a trio of boats separated by just 20 seconds in the standings. Mike Moxley’s Malice was second across the line followed by Mike Bridges’ JPK1010 Elaine Again. However, neither saved their time against Clemency Williams Ives’ lower-rated J/105 Jos of Hamble, who finished second three seconds ahead of Bridges, while Moxley fell to fourth, 17 seconds back.

This year’s IRC Class 4 includes lightweight constructions with asymmetric spinnakers, including J/92s and Cork 1720s. On the final approach to the start, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’Ronimo was closest to the line and skidded sideways on the current before bearing away and filling the spinnaker in front of her competitors. Richard Matthews’ 1720 Decoy was also well placed, slightly to leeward, with Jack Banks J/92 Nightjar and Craig and Emma Dymock’s modified 1720 La Vie en Rose 2 also doing well.

Of the two leaders, only J’Ronimo and La Vie en Rose passed the guard ship to windward, giving them another advantage over those passing under their slipstream. Despite this, one of the lowest-rated boats in the fleet, Robert Baker’s J/97 Jaywalker, finished first on corrected time, five minutes ahead of J’Ronimo, while Nightjar was third, another five minutes behind.


In IRC Class 5, David Mallett’s Corby 29 Touchpaper, Rupert Poole’s A31 Echo 5, and Chris Agar and Lauren Bates’ Half Tonner Secrets started in a heap at the far end of the line. Tightly grouped boats often sail slowly thanks to the choppy air they create and all three struggled to fill their spinnakers.

Best in class after the first four days, Giovanni Belgrano’s 38 foot Laurent Giles classic Whooper was further from the line at the gun. However, she was already at full speed, with her spinnaker set, drifting past the shorter boats to gain a useful early lead on the water.

Despite a more conservative start, Harry Heist’s S&S41 Winsome, the highest rated boat in the fleet, took the lead almost two minutes ahead of Paul Thomas’ First 34.7 Cobra. Despite being third on the water, Whooper won her fourth straight time corrected win ahead of Cobra and Winsome.

Jamie Sheldon’s J/109 Brown Teal had a well-timed start, a few lengths closer to the finish line than Arjen Van Leeuwen of the Netherlands and Silvy Leijhs Joule. However, a sail handling problem on the British boat meant it took more than three agonizing minutes to set the spinnaker, during which time all but the rear markers in the fleet overtook her.

Joule therefore took the lead early, followed by Michael Weinman’s Je T’aime Jami, although John Smart’s jukebox also looked well placed after opting to start closer to shore, far from the other boats in the fleet. Joule continued to win and now leads the overall fleet by three points ahead of Jukebox who finished second today. Brown Teal recovered and finished third, well ahead of Chris Burleigh’s fourth-place Jybe Talkin’.

The XOD class saw some very tight competition this week. However, the fleet was mostly cautious until just before the end and got away cleanly at the start, even if the front runners were extremely close to the line.

Max Crowe’s Clair de Lune was the first to hoist a spinnaker with 30 seconds to go but James Marskby’s X Ray, Penny Fulford’s Madeleine and Graham Knowles’ Fiona were better placed at the start. Madeleine quickly accelerated to an early lead between a group of boats south of the guard ship, followed by Rory and Amanda Paton’s Mayfly, Barry Dunning’s Crumpet and Dom Breen-Turner’s Waxwing.

However, half of the fleet took a more northerly route more directly to their first marker. In a new development for Cowes Week, this was set as the gateway, splitting the fleet nearly 50/50 in each direction.

Clair de la Lune took her first win of the regatta, ahead of William McNeil’s Lara and Phil Brewer’s Zest. John Tremlett’s Astralita, who led the general classification, was sixth today. He still tops the rankings, allowing one knockdown, but is now level with Crowe on 13 points. Jonathan Clark’s Tortoise relegated eighth place today and is third overall, three points behind.

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