Please select your home edition
Edition
navathome 728x90

Cowes Week – Big name stars battle it out for charity

by Camilla Green on 11 Aug 2011
Hugo Boss, skippered by British offshore racer Alex Thomson, with Ewan Mcgregor onboard, during The Artemis Challenge round the Island race - Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 Lloyd Images © http://lloydimagesgallery.photoshelter.com/
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - The Artemis Challenge, a high adrenaline 50 mile race, took place today, Wednesday August 10th. The fifth edition of the event was a near record-breaking day out for Ewan McGregor, Zara Phillips and Natalie Pinkham, who joined world class skippers for the fast and furious sail around the Isle of Wight.

The Artemis Challenge, at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the world’s largest sailing regatta and one of the UK’s biggest sporting events, saw four Imoca 60 teams battle it out for a £10,000 prize fund for the charity of their choice. The fifth edition of the Artemis Challenge was won by the French entry PRB skippered by Vincent Riou, winner of the last solo, non-stop Vendee Globe, in a time of four hours, 14 minutes and 1 second, narrowly missing out on breaking the previous fastest time by just 13 seconds, set by Team Pindar (4h 13m 48s) in the 2008 Artemis Challenge.

Hollywood A-lister Ewan McGregor, who joined the Hugo Boss sailing team led by British round-the-world skipper Alex Thomson, said: 'It was an amazing experience - it was my first time yacht racing and to be part of the Hugo Boss team was a fantastic introduction to a really adventurous sport. Although the prize fund will not be awarded to UNICEF, I was pleased to be able to represent such a great cause on the water today and we hopefully helped to raise awareness of UNICEF'S crucial work for children in East Africa. And of course we can all still share a little of what we have with these children who so desperately need our help by texting SHARE to 78866.'


Zara Phillips, former world champion equestrienne, racing in her third Artemis Challenge was on Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered by record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari. They were also joined by TV and radio presenter Natalie Pinkham said. Zara Phillips said: 'It was a great day on the water today on Artemis Ocean Racing. I really enjoyed sailing with Dee and Natalie, and although we didn’t claim the prize for Toe in the Water it was great to be back at Cowes and go round the island so quickly.'

The Artemis Challenge started in a moderate southerly breeze at 1000 BST as PRB stayed close to the island shore out of the foul tide and gained an advantage that the French team managed to hold right through to the finish. By the time the four-boat Imoca 60 fleet of PRB, Cheminees Poujoulat, Artemis Ocean Racing and Hugo Boss rounded Bembridge Ledge at the eastern end of the island and headed upwind round the back of the island, the wind was increasing in strength reaching up to 25 knots, with stronger gusts, which provided spectacular downwind ‘surfing’ conditions on the home run from The Needles to the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line off Cowes. Bernard Stamm’s team on Cheminees Poujoulat challenged PRB throughout whilst Artemis Ocean Racing and Hugo Boss engaged in a great battle for third place.

'The conditions were fantastic,' said Dee Caffari, the only female skipper to have circumnavigated the globe solo in both directions. 'We led Hugo Boss all the way around to The Needles but we were gutted in the end, as we ripped our spinnaker which meant they overtook us. But we had a really great day.'

PRB’s nominated charity is Foundation Movement for Children's Village Foundation (MVE) and will receive a cheque for £10,000.

The Artemis Challenge, sponsored by Artemis investment Management, one of the UK’s leading investment companies and the largest British sponsor in offshore sailing, is recognised as one of the key events of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and is a magnificent spectacle, showcasing the best of offshore racing within easy reach of spectators.

Results of the Artemis Challenge 2011:
1st PRB (Vincent Riou) finish time 14:14:01 BST
2nd Cheminees Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm) finish time 14:20:05 BST
3rd Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson) finish time 14:26:36
4th Artemis Ocean Racing (Dee Caffari) 14:38:32

Winning charity: Foundation The Foundation Movement for Childrens Village Foundation (MVE) is a major player in child protection in France. It protects children at risk by hosting in his Children's Villages and Households, children and adolescents entrusted by the courts. Foundation Movement for Children's Villages was founded in 1958 by Suzanne Masson. It was state-approved in 2006. Artemis Challenge Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week website

Hamilton Island LuxuryBIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82Barz Optics - Floaters

Related Articles

Cowes Week - Surprise victories on day 7
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has reached its seventh day of racing. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has reached its seventh day of racing which presented a more gentle day than those earlier in the week. The day's racing got underway with bright sun and a gentle breeze that built to 15-18 knots. The day also saw incredibly tight racing across dozens of classes and a surprise early winner in the XOD class.
Posted on 13 Aug 2011
Cowes Week - Big winds and blistering speeds on day 6
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its sixth day of racing Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its sixth day of racing which took place amid big winds that powered the biggest yachts to blistering speeds approaching thirty knots. Most dayboat classes were set short courses that ensured they had finished racing before gusts to thirty eight knots were encountered in the afternoon.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
Cowes Week day 5 - High adrenaline racing
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its fifth day of racing on the Solent. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its fifth day of racing on the Solent which was sandwiched between areas of high and low pressure. It was yet another day of hard, wet beats to windward, followed by high speed downwind blasts that had competitors grinning from ear to ear as they came ashore.
Posted on 11 Aug 2011
Cowes Week XOD fleet cope with windy weather
At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the XOD fleet are coping with windy, rough weather. At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the XOD fleet are coping with windy, rough weather. 'XODs can cope with tough conditions, but today was definitely the top end of the scale for the preservation of XOD sailors.' This was one competitor’s comment as he came off the water after a windy and rough today.
Posted on 11 Aug 2011
Cowes Week – XOD secretary wins Ladies Day Trophy
Cowes Week – Another glorious day’s racing was held on the Solent today. Tina Scott, XOD class secretary, was crowned Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Another glorious day’s racing was held on the Solent today. Tina Scott, XOD class secretary, was crowned as winner of the Ladies Day trophy. Tina Scott has been a major force in the organisation of the fleet’s centenary celebrations, including the 145-boat fleet competing this week. The Trophy marked the culmination of a variety of activities to celebrate
Posted on 10 Aug 2011
Cowes Week - Winds lead to shifts in XOD positions
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has witnessed dramatic changes in the XOD positions after fluky winds arose. At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, dramatic changes in the XOD positions have ensued after fluky winds arose. 'Well, someone had to win,' commented co-owner of X169 Perdix David Humphreys, somewhat modestly after beating 138 other XODs on the third day of racing for the 100 year old class.
Posted on 10 Aug 2011
Cowes Week day 3 spectacular sailing in glorious sunshine
Cowes Week racing was spectacular in great conditions Cowes Week wrapped its third day of racing with thousands of competitors turning out to enjoy another glorious sunny day. After two hours of racing the bulk of the Daring fleet was impressively tightly bunched – and mingled with J/80s – as they dropped spinnakers and turned upwind at their sixth mark.
Posted on 9 Aug 2011
Cowes Week Day 2 blessed with bright sun and strong winds
>Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week competitors were blessed with an abundance of bright sun and strong winds. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week competitors were blessed with an abundance of bright sun and strong winds that gave competitors a fresh set of challenges after the opening day’s light airs. Mean wind speeds had built to more than 20 knots before racing started, while gusts topped 30 knots at 1430, before easing marginally later in the afternoon.
Posted on 8 Aug 2011
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week day 1 off to a flying start
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its first day of competition. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its first day of competition. The fleet dealt perfect sailing conditions, and light breezes in the morning which gradually built to a steady 15 knots by the end of the day. Short tacking against a light west-south-west wind and a building adverse tide meant getting close inshore could result in big gains.
Posted on 7 Aug 2011
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 to be broadcast live from Cowes
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Two live products are in place for Act 5, Webcam and LiveTV Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Complementing its global TV six-part series and programming platform, and the live TV coverage at each of the four previous worldwide Acts, the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 from Cowes will also be broadcast live.
Posted on 5 Aug 2011