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cowesyachthavenIt’s been a bumper season for the resident berth holders and dry sail fleet at Cowes Yacht Haven, who are celebrating this year’s successes.

The wins come as Cowes Yacht Haven expands its dry sail by 72 metres to attract more racing fleets to the Isle of Wight, securing the future of Cowes as a premier international sailing destination.

Celebrations began back in April as Salvo, helmed by Peter Morton, took home the Warsash Spring Series. Fast forward two months to June and Julia Bailey made history becoming the first woman to win the Edinburgh Cup and helmed Aimee to victory twice, also taking home the Dragon Class Scottish Championships.

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Moving into July, Louise Morton and her team sailed Bullit to win the 2015 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup with a race to spare.

In the Round the Island Race, Alex and Andy Moore sailed T I L T to first place in the Beneteau First 40 class.

Kelvin Rawlings and Start Chidlerley campaigned Jester to become the first two-handed, first British boat and fourth overall IRC in the 2015 Fastnet race.

Cowes Yacht Haven dry sail fleet cleared the board at Cowes Week in August, with six members claiming first or second place in a number of classes, and Adam Gosling’s Corby announced as Black Group victor and overall winner.

Peter Morton added to his trophy cabinet, winning the IRC Class after coming first in four out of six races.

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Sam Laidlaw’s Augila gained overall winner in the Quarter Ton series and pipped Louise Morton and Bullit to the post by just three points. Meanwhile, Jo Richard’s H-Boat, Woof, claimed first place in all her races and took home overall winner of the IRC class 7.

It was a tight race in the Dragon series, with Eric William’s Ecstatic eventually claiming victory, and Julia and Graham Bailey’s Aimee taking second, despite leading the table by two points on Saturday morning.

Ben Ferris, marina development manager at Cowes Yacht Haven, said:

“We’ve seen a brilliant season of racing at Cowes Yacht Haven and we must congratulate all our customers on their fantastic achievements. We really are the home of some exceptional sailors. With the expansion of our dry sail fleet we have high hopes that these successes will continue in the future.”

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