Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

50th Cowes-Deauville Race - Largest fleet ever sets off

by Peta Stuart-Hunt on 2 Jun 2012
RARE, a Class 3 Figaro II, skippered by Ian Hoddle at the start of the 50th Cowes-Deauville Race in Cowes ©Michael Austen Photography
The 50th Cowes-Deauville Race has gotten off to a colourful start in Cowes. Following a spectacular evening spent by the competitors at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, representatives of the organising Clubs oversaw the start of the biggest fleet ever, at 107 yachts, to contest the event.

Starting procedures were co-ordinated by representatives of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), whose fleet had swelled the numbers this year and were racing for the Cervantes Trophy, one of RORC’s most famous offshore racing trophies.

A true team effort by all the clubs involved, the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the Royal London Yacht Club, the Junior Offshore Group (JOG), RORC, Deauville Yacht Club and Yacht Club de France, launched the anniversary start in spectacular style, enjoyed by the Mayor of Cowes, David Walters, and the Mayor of Deauville, M. Philippe Augiér, who fired the cannons from the Royal Yacht Squadron Platform for IRC Divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The first start line at 1430 was clear from Divisions 4 and 5 with a French entry, Adrenaline, leading the way.

The second start at 1440 for Divisions 2 and 3 was initially led on the water by Pace, a TP52 driven by Johnny Vincent, closely followed by Tonnere de Breskens 3 and Royal Southern member Philip Farrands driving Old Mother Gun in third.

The fleet headed eastwards towards Gilkicker Point, where they easily overhauled the White Sail fleet, led by Royal Southern member, Bill Blain in Batfish V, which started its race at mid-day. Spinnakers were the order of the day for the IRC classes creating a spectacular sight on the mainland shore as the boats headed on a straight course to Deauville which should see the majority of competitors arriving there from lunchtime on Saturday. The fleet is starting to spread out in light winds in the Solent but it is hoped that they will increase through the night with some forecasts showing 15-16 knots from the Royal Southern website
Barz Optics - Kids rangeAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82Zhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Extreme Sailing Series™ to go down to the wire after penultimate day
The battle for the ESS™ title took a new twist today as Red Bull Sailing Team squeezed in between Alinghi and Oman Air The battle for the Extreme Sailing Series™ title took a new twist today as Red Bull Sailing Team squeezed in between Act 8 leaders Alinghi and overall table toppers Oman Air on the penultimate day of the 2016 season finale in Sydney.
Posted today at 10:43 am
All to do on final day of Extreme Sailing Series for Team Oman Air
Points proved elusive for Team Oman Air on the third day of racing in Sydney as the Act 8 leaderboard was rejigged ahead Points proved elusive for Team Oman Air on the third day of racing in Sydney as the Act 8 leaderboard was dramatically rejigged ahead of the crucial final day of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series.
Posted today at 8:42 am
Meet the 2017-18 Crew - Daniel Clifton
NSW, Australia, Computer Operator Daniel Clifton never dreamed he would one day be a part of the Clipper Race. Growing up in the country in Forbes, NSW, Australia, Computer Operator Daniel Clifton never dreamed he would one day be a part of the Clipper Race.
Posted today at 8:06 am
2016-17 SORC Islands in the Stream Series standings
After two races, the SORC Islands in the Stream Series is still anyone’s to win. After two races, the SORC Islands in the Stream Series is still anyone’s to win. Unlike last year, when Stephen Murray’s Decision stormed out to win the first two races en route to winning the inaugural series, five different boats have both a first-place finish and a DNS.
Posted today at 5:44 am
Vendee Globe - Nandor Fa remembers some of the old days
The wind had increased and turned but not continuously. At night there was big drop in wind speed then it came back soon The wind had increased and turned, but not continuously. At night there was a big drop in wind speed, then it came back soon. I saw on the AIS that Stéphane’s speed went down to seven knots. I started worrying about him, then I met the reason too: there was a massive fog - just as if we were sailing by Ireland. I could see only 50 metres, which means one and a half waves.
Posted today at 5:23 am
Aon Youth Sailing Worlds - One door closes, another one opens
When Aon Youth Sailing Worlds gets underway there will be a new class and a new opportunity for the young sailors When the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships gets underway there will be a new class and a new opportunity for the young sailors to prove themselves in.
Posted today at 4:46 am
World Sailing Cup Final - Live video coverage from Melbourne - Day 1
The Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The deciding races will be streamed live on World Sailing TV on YouTube. Coverage started at midday local time or 0100UTC
Posted today at 2:09 am
Vendée Globe – Thomson and Le Cleac'h cross Tasman Sea
Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as low moves east with them. Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as the low moves east with them.
Posted on 9 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 14 – Aragon watches the clock
Aragon crew are a blend of family, friends and professional sailors and the youngest sailor was at the helm of Aragon. The crew of Aragon are a blend of family, friends and professional sailors and the youngest sailor, Anna Van Nieuwland was at the helm of Aragon as the team crossed the line.
Posted on 9 Dec
52 Super Series – Great strides towards sustainability
The 2016 season represents the second complete year in partnership with sustainability sponsor 11th Hour Racing. The 2016 season represents the second complete year in partnership with sustainability sponsor 11th Hour Racing.
Posted on 9 Dec