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BUSY WATER MAKES FOR EXCITING RACING ON DAY 4 OF COWES CLASSICS WEEK

Cowesclassics2022logoThe 4th day of Cowes Classics Week saw South Westerly winds from 10 to 15 knots and some sun giving the competitors a good days racing in a crowded Solent which had 4 Cowes Classics Week race circuits, the Royal Southern SB20 Nationals and 2 RORC J Cup circuits, requiring a lot of race officer coordination and also a lot of shipping to plan around.

The XODs raced on the bank from a committee vessel stationed near the Hillhead navigation buoy, with a windward leeward race and then a round the cans to a windward, and then leeward inflatable and then West Knoll, Royal Thames.

The committee vessel for Circuits 2 was stationed further east, giving the National Swallows one windward-leeward race and one round the cans race to finish at a boat stationed west of the Royal London racing mark. The winner of the day was again Mike Wigmore sailing Gwaihir, followed by Swift and Skua.

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The 2 922 Classic Mermaids were out today and had 2 windward leeward races and then a 3rd round the cans race home via Jane, Contessa 32 and then a long beat across to Royal London and then to the finish.

On Circuit 4 the Daring metre boats had 1 windward-leeward race followed by a long round the cans via Howden Fastnet, Goodall Roofing, East Bramble and Royal London. Giles Peckham with Dauntless had a good day winning both races, followed by Sir Richard Ottaway at the helm of Debutante and Malcolm Lofts with Streak.

In the Classic Yachts Division 1 was won by Bojar followed by Crusade and Sioma,  whilst the Spirit of Tradition class was won by Chameleon of Cowes with Aldebaran  second. Division 2 was won by Binkie II followed by Sally of Kames and Janessa. Division 3 went to Warrior followed by Zest and Paloma in third, with the Old Gaffers won by Spinaway X.

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The 4 ace circuits are kindly sponsored by marine insurers GJW Direct with committee vessels and competing boats displaying the sponsors flags

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Competitors again enjoyed tea and cake at the RLYC clubhouse after racing, kindly sponsored by Evelyn Partners, and the day prize giving took place at a Royal Yacht Squadron champagne reception, kindly sponsored by Fawley Waterside. The RLYC cut crystal tumbler prizes were presented by Evelyn Partners CEO Aldwyn Drummond.

Finally the David Gower Bowl was presented for the youngest average age crew in the event at 21 years and 4 months to Henry Rochford, Harriet Watkins and Harriet Askew from the Division 3 Alacrity 19 Ipyu-Aya.

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