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Cowes Classic Week 2022

Published 09:17 on 8 Jul 2022

As an experiment this year, six of the Mermaids joined the Cowes Classic Week regatta for two days at the end of June. This regatta, run by the Royal London Yacht Club, provides the opportunity for traditional yachts to experience Cowes sailing without quite so many boats. Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats and Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts race varied central Solent courses. The Mermaid races were true windward/leeward courses from a committee boat, run very well by a team lead by our own Jeremy Spencer-Cooper. 

Day one started with a 25-knot rain squall which settled down to a 15-20 knot south-westerly breeze. The Mermaids had 3 races planned on the easterly end of the Bramble Bank. Unfamiliarity with the Sailing Instructions saw 5 boats disqualified from Race one with Richard Rivlin in Bluebell taking the only gun. Race two started in similar conditions with a 1.2 mile beat. Having now understood the courses, Noel Dobbs took 1st place from Anthony Eaton. Race three had to be abandoned as the wind increased towards 24 knots and the sea conditions were building as the boats returned to Cowes.

Day two opened with a steady 15 knot breeze and the Mermaids followed the Darings up the 1.3 mile beat. Noel Dobbs and Anthony Eaton had a very close race, changing places several times with Noel Dobbs eventually winning by less than a second. After a discussion with the Race Officer, it was decided to move to the final passage race back to Seaview.  A close race over Ryde Sands and Ian Prideaux and Stephen Bradley were first home to the SVYC Line followed by Anthony Eaton and Noel Dobbs.

Overall, the racing was very close with the top three boats within 2 points of each other but with the 85-year old Noel Dobbs narrowly winning.

All participants enjoyed their two days at Cowes Classic Week despite the challenge of an unfamiliar format and the stiff breezes. We hope to make Cowes Classic Week a regular feature of the Club's sailing programme. 

Rank

Boat

Sail No.

Helm

R1 Mon

R2 Mon

R3 Tue

R4 Tue Passage Home

Total

Nett

1st

Rosemary

U6

Noel Dobbs

(8.0 NSC)

1.0

1.0

3.0

13.0

5.0

2nd

Sheen

U9

Anthony Eaton

(8.0 NSC)

2.0

2.0

2.0

14.0

6.0

3rd

Miranda

U11

Ian Prideaux & Stephen Bradley

(8.0 NSC)

3.0

3.0

1.0

15.0

7.0

4th

Bluebell

U8

Richard Rivlin

1.0

5.0

4.0

(8.0 NSC)

18.0

10.0

5th

Halluf

U3

Anna Cockell & Simon Edwards

(8.0 NSC)

4.0

5.0

4.0

21.0

13.0

6th

Scuttle

U1

Pat Spalding

(8.0 NSC)

6.0

8.0 DNC

8.0 DNC

30.0

22.0

 

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