Flying start for Lendy Cowes Week
It was an excellent start to Cowes Week with lots of good racing over the weekend.
Stunning conditions helped ensure an exciting opening to the Isle of Wight regatta.
On family day Rob's Cotterill'sÂ Mojo RisingÂ and Ed Bolton-King'sÂ Red ArrowÂ led theÂ J/109Â fleet away from the southern end of the line, with the former accelerating faster and pulling clear ahead and to windward in the first few lengths.
Best placed at the northern end were Jamie Sheldon'sÂ Brown TealÂ and the Royal Naval Association'sÂ Jolly Jack Tar, while Caroline van Beelen and Rutger Krijger's DutchÂ Jack RabbitÂ and Nick Southward, John Scott and Andy Christie'sÂ Team Whiskey JackÂ were in the front row more towards the middle of the line.Â
Jack RabbitÂ finished 29 seconds ahead of Robert Stiles'Â Diamond Gem, giving the Dutch boat two consecutive race wins.Â Brown TealÂ took third place just 10 seconds later.
'˜It was quite light airs but we made some good tactical calls, which was key,'Â said Krijger.
'˜Good crew work and maintaining boat speed was also important '“ it was very close and we crossed the finish line just 30 seconds ahead of the next boat.'
IRC Class 5Â had an even tighter finish '“ the first three boats crossed the line in just 10 seconds.
The fleet started cleanly, but only because a number of premature starters had already turned around before the gun. These included three boats '“ Charles Whittam's X-34Â Juno, Alistair Bowden's Sigma 38Â Mouflon NoirÂ and an X-362 Sport '“ who were forced out at the southern end of the line.
This allowed Phil Plumtree's Half TonnerÂ SwuzzlebubbleÂ to take an early three length lead before quickly extending away in clean air ahead of the pack.
Harry Heijst's immaculate 46-year-old S&S41Â WinsomeÂ took line honours, four seconds ahead of Peter and Sarah Hodgkinson's X-362 SportÂ Xcitable.
However, on corrected time these boats lost out toÂ Swuzzlebubble, which took first place followed by Jack Banks' J/92Â NightjarÂ second and Andy and Annie Howe's J/97Â BlackJack ll,Â the latter just 11 seconds ahead of Winsome.
In theÂ Contessa 32Â class Ray Rouse'sÂ BlancoÂ was first away from the start, with Ed Bell'sÂ Mary Rose TudorÂ close on her windward quarter.
Saturday's winner, Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen'sÂ Andaxi repeatedÂ their success.
The racing on Monday was not started in the morning due to the lack of wind.