cowesweek2014prizewinnerEntries for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 were launched at the end of the 2013 regatta and over a hundred have been received already. Of the entries received to date, the Squib class enjoy a position as one of the most organised, with 14 boats entered into the Class so far.

In celebration of those entries received before the end of 2013 and to provide an added incentive for competitors to do some early planning towards Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014, a fantastic prize draw was open to all eligible entries received before the end of last year. The great prizes on offer included, for the top prize; An entry fee rebate, free berthing (at either Cowes Yacht Haven, Shepards Wharf Marina, or East Cowes Marina), use of a Volvo for a weekend, a 25L Gill dry bag for all the crew, Chatham Marine shoes for all the crew and Laithwaite’s Champagne Brut Premier Cru Magnum NV

The winners were announced at the London Boat Show at a drinks reception hosted by Cowes Week Limited and the event’s clothing partner, Gill, on Saturday 11th January.

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Entrants eager to hear whether they were the lucky winners were in attendance, but it was the crew of the J/70 Wilson Covers who ended up bagging the top prize this time around with their entry which was submitted within 2 weeks of the 2013 regatta following a podium position finish in the overall class results.

Commenting on his prize draw win, Ian Wilson, owner of Wilson Covers, said:

“The crew and myself are absolutely delighted to have won the prize draw. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Cowes Week Limited for continuing to organise such a cracking regatta, to the sponsors for making up the prize haul and a massive thank you to Aberdeen Asset Management for their support in making it all happen. After 14 Cowes Weeks I have seen the event develop into the World Class regatta it is today. Keep up the good work! Now to see if we can replicate this winning result on the water.”

The runner’s up prizes were drawn respectively by Nick Fletcher with Widegon in the Cruiser class, David Biddle and Mike Brown with their Squib, Corsair, and Aasmond Drolsum with Magic in IRC.

The early bird entry fee applies until Monday 26th May 2014 at midnight, after which time the standard entry fee will apply. The 2014 regatta dates are 2nd-9th August.

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Photo: Rick Tomlinson

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