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A combination of light and shifty north-westerly winds of 6-12 knots and strong tides provided a day of close racing and gave navigators plenty of challenging tactical decisions on day six of Lendy Cowes Week.
The BBC series Saving Lives at Sea, demonstrating the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will once again be hitting TV screens from Tuesday 21 August 2018. Broadcast at 8pm on BBC2, the popular 10-part documentary series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland.
Former Paralympic sailing star Hannah Stodel has announced that she’ll be taking on one of the toughest domestic yacht racing events later this month when she hits the start line of the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, an 1805-mile challenge which starts and finishes in the Solent off Cowes.
For Stodel this marks the next step of her ‘single-handed single-handed’ Vendee Globe campaign, but the three-time World Champion will be taking on this challenge as part of a four-person crew alongside team mates Tim Atkins, Will Rogers and Quentin Bes-Green.
A major study, carried out by TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show, has revealed that Brits’ love affair with the sea is alive and well, with almost two thirds (63%) choosing to buy a boat if they were to win the lottery.
The research carried out to celebrate the Show’s 50th anniversary also found that escaping the stresses of everyday life (58%) and sense of adventure (52%) are the top reasons why people would pick a boat over any other luxury upon winning the jackpot.
A change in the weather today gave a cooler and windier day, with gusts nearing 25 knots in the early afternoon. Thousands of sailors came ashore sporting big grins after an energetic day that saw many thrills and spills on the downwind legs. Today was Youth Day at Lendy Cowes week, with the spotlight shining on the numerous young sailors, teams and skippers at the event.
The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 7th August, this year supported by Title Sponsor Lendy, with a number of celebrations culminating in the announcement that Tracy Edwards was the winner of the Ladies Day Trophy at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.
The trophy was introduced for the first time in 2006 to champion the role of women in sailing and the sheer number of female competitors racing at Lendy Cowes Week. There are some 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta this year and around a third of them are female.
After a relaxed morning waiting for a breeze to build, teams at Lendy Cowes Week were thoroughly tested today by a series of wild fluctuations in the wind that accompanied short showers that passed over the race area this afternoon. Lulls saw to wind drop to as low as three knots while some gusts topped 20 knots, while the direction at times swung through 90 degrees.
Today was also Lendy Ladies Day, a celebration of the many successes of women in sailing. More than 30 per cent of competitors at Lendy Cowes Week are women and around 100 women helms were racing today. Among them were class winners on board the S&S41 Winsome in IRC Class 5, the Mustang 30 GR8 Banter in IRC Class 7 and the X4.3 Baby X in Cruiser Division A.
Competitors enjoyed a fabulous classic sea breeze day at Lendy Cowes Week, after a long postponement while race officials waited for the wind to arrive. They were rewarded with a stable 10-15 knot south westerly breeze on another warm and almost cloudless day.
The bulk of the larger Black Group yachts started on the inshore Royal Yacht Squadron line, short tacking along the shore to the west. The start of IRC Class 1 was a spectacular sight, with the front row yachts perfectly in line when the cannon fired. There was soon much shouting for room to tack before boats grounded, as well as close port/starboard tack incidents.
Family Day at Lendy Cowes Week delivered stunning conditions with unbroken sun and a solid east south-easterly breeze of 9-12 knots. The best winds of the day were predicted to be in the eastern Solent, so all classes started towards the east.
One of the principal trophies for yacht racing at Lendy Cowes Week Regatta is to be presented by a 14-year-old newcomer to sailing, thanks to an innovative move by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club.
The Club’s Armitage Challenge cup will go to the winner of Class Zero racing by some of the biggest yachts at the regatta on Saturday, August 4, the opening day of the Cowes regatta, always the scene of some of the most competitive action on the water by international yachtsmen in a quest for honours.
Foam, fun and fooling around were in plentiful supply at a sailing charity’s ‘It’s a Knockout’ event at Malpas Park in Truro.
Heavy rain had fallen on the morning before the event held on Sunday (July 29), yet 17 teams from local businesses and differing levels of fancy dress were not deterred and competed for top scores in a series of challenges across a giant inflatable obstacle course.
World famous yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE has sailed around the world five times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times.
But she still supports grass roots sailing and, in her role as Patron of St Mary’s Junior Sailing Club in Gosport, she delighted members and parents when she dropped in with her Springer Spaniel, Jack, to launch their latest boat.