sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - First start postponed on day 3
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - First start postponed on day 3

'KESTREL, PELICAN, UNITY, Victory'    Rick Tomlinson ©

At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, day three was one of windshifts, gusts and lulls in a mostly south-westerly breeze that averaged 8-10 knots, until a stronger west-southwesterly that reached 18 knots, became established mid-afternoon. While there was plenty of sun, particularly later in the day, the early light airs caused the first start, for the Victory class in honour of its 80th anniversary, to be postponed.

The postponement signal was removed four minutes after a more consistent breeze sprang up at 1120, although even then, there was a lull in the couple of minutes before the start that saw a number of boats struggle to get up to the line. At the gun, John Scammell’s Zinnia was best placed of the boats at the inshore end of the line, with Liz Ballard’s Unity catching up quickly in a gust, while Team Terry’s Minx, Brian Clarke’s Zephyr and Gareth Penn’s Zircon were further offshore in more breeze.

At the finish, however, it was Janet Dee and Shaun Hopkins’ Variety that led the fleet, 94 seconds ahead of Jim Downing’s Ziva, while Zinnia followed just eight seconds behind in third.

In the Swallow class, Lisa McDanell, Arthur Henderson and Hugo Sloper’s Cockersootie led into the line closest to the shore, but Malcolm Green’s Archon had a better start just to windward. Further offshore Harry and Prue Roome’s Skua was also well placed, in a stronger breeze but more adverse tide, and soon pulled away into an early lead. Clive Bush’s Spectre moved up to second place five minutes into the race, slowly closing the gap on Skua, as the fleet short-tacked along the shore to the west of Cowes. However, Skua retained a commanding lead at the finish, ahead of Archon, with Sceptre taking third place.

SKUA, Swallow -  Rick Tomlinson ©  

This week the Flying 15 class has a larger entry than in recent years, although three of the top boats didn’t compete today, leaving the way open for some new names at the top of the fleet. John Hanson’s Hakuna Kutoa Katika had a good start towards the inshore end of the line, crossing ahead of the fleet when she tacked offshore, while the oldest boat in the class by more than 2,000 sail numbers, John Corby’s Fflipineck, was also well placed on the line.

Hanson retained the lead in a tight finish that saw 40 per cent of the fleet cross the line in just 57 seconds. Chris Wright’s Ffloy followed in second place, Mike Boll and Gil McCutcheon’s Ffuraha third, and Sam Chan and Nick Atkinson’s Ffreefire 20 fourth.

Given the delays for the White Group classes starting on the RYS line, early finishers in the Black Group yachts were given shortened courses to avoid interfering with the starting sequence for the smaller boats. However, not all complied with this and the first Black Group boats began sailing through the RYS line a couple of minutes before the start of the Squib’s race. The Squib fleet was close to the line, despite the adverse tide holding them back, with lots of boats bearing hard away in the last few seconds before the start.

Peter Eddis’ Scarab 2 was the first boat to tack near the beach, while Sarah Everitt and Steve Warren-Smith’s Aquabat also tacked early further offshore. However, it was Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey’s Lady Penelope, last year’s overall Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week winners, that took an early lead.

Five minutes into the race Gina and Alex Porteous’ Firecracker Too pulled ahead into second place ahead of Aquabat, with all the boats at the head of the fleet remaining very close at this stage. Hutchins and Ramsey retained the lead at the finish, with Aquabat second and Duncan Grindley and Dave Ross third in Surprise, the latter having climbed up through the fleet after an average start.

By the time of the start for the 80-strong XOD class there were enough Black Group finishers in the starting area that it was prudent to postpone the start. Four cannons then boomed out from the Royal Yacht Squadron, indicating a change to an accelerated start sequence for the XODs and the race start got away a little more than 10 minutes later.

With 30 seconds to go there was a large group of boats on the wrong side of the line, bearing away sharply to allow the tide to carry them back so they could start correctly. At the gun there were still boats over, but not enough for Principal Race Officer Peter Taylor to call a general recall. Only one boat – Mike Till’s Xenia – responded to the individual recall and returned to start correctly, leaving a total of 18 to be scored OCS.

Having started roughly one-third of the way out from the shore, Paul Woodman and Oliver James’ Ibex, and Paul Kelsey and David Bedford’s Anitra, were both doing well shortly after the start, with the lead passing between the two boats as they short tacked towards Egypt Point. Ibex was first across the finish, but she had been one of the premature starters, leaving David Palmer’s Princess Jalina to take the winner’s gun 27 seconds later. Anitra was third boat across the line, but had also been early, leaving John Tremlett and Jeremy Lear’s Lass to take second and Nik Froud’s Venus in third.

BETTY, J/80 -  Rick Tomlinson ©  

By the time of the J/80 start at 12:15 a more consistent breeze was filling in across the White Group starting area.

The larger yachts starting further offshore on the Bramble line got away on schedule in a predominately more consistent breeze than the smaller dayboats experienced close inshore. Entries in the Cruiser classes racing under the Island Sailing Club Rating System have been growing over the past few years and now account for 54 entries. Immediately after the start for the larger boats in Cruiser Division A Mark Devereux’s Swan 42 Brevity, with some 18 crew on board, tacked away at the committee boat end of the line to lead the fleet away towards the north shore. There was also a good start for Ole Bettum’s J/100 Alamara B ll.

Brevity, the fastest rated boat in the fleet by a large margin, crossed the line first and saved her time to win on handicap. The two J/100s took second and third places, with Julian James’s Thunder Squall gaining a six-minute advantage on Alamara B ll.

In Cruiser Division B local boat Ian Miller’s Jeanneau Sun Fast 32 Dabra finished with a clear lead to win the class by almost seven minutes on corrected time. Tony Mace’s Carter 39 Saphir was third across the line, but failed to save her time on Guy O'Beirne’s MGC27 Magician, which took second on corrected time 39-seconds ahead of Saphir.

The first boat across the line in IRC Class 6 was Simon Cory’s Cory 290 Icom Cool Blue. However, it was the lowest-rated boat in the class, Jo Richards’ H-Boat Woof, that won on corrected time to take a second successive victory, while Giovanni Belgrano’s immaculately restored 75-year-old Laurent Giles-designed Whooper took second on corrected time. Cory was able to save his time on the rest of the fleet to retain third place today and maintain his clean sweep of podium finishes.

Racing is scheduled to commence at 1025 tomorrow morning, with the weather predicted to start bright, with a light to moderate south to south-southwest breeze ranging from 6–12 knots.

Event website


by Rupert Holmes/CWL


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=125214

7:13 PM Mon 4 Aug 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Related News Stories:

04 Aug 2014  Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 - Day two round-up
03 Aug 2014  Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - Challenged by winds on day 1
01 Aug 2014  Cowes Week - Weather outlook provided by Rupert Holmes
31 Jul 2014  Musandam-Oman Sail crew swap hulls as MOD70 heads to Cowes
22 Jul 2014  Royal Navy sail past and one minute silence on Tuesday 5 August
18 Jul 2014  Cowes Week 2014 - Announcing Green Blue Day on Saturday 2 August






News - USA and the World

Catch the live coverage of the Leg 4 Finish in Auckland, presented by Team Vestas Wind. Check the video timer for a countdown to the start of coverage and the expected race finish time ... [more]  

America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA and Challenger, Artemis Racing lined up for a series of try-outs on San Francisco Bay. Videographer John Navas was shoreside with a new high resolution video camera and provided these videos of the training sessions and hook-ups. ... [more]  

The HPYD conference is jointly organised by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (NZ) and The University of Auckland and will be held at the Marine Event Centre in Auckland to coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover. It attracts some of the world’s most preeminent yacht designers and is recognised as one of the top three conferences in this area internationally. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Ryan Houston is a watch captain aboard Team Alvimedica. He sailed in two previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – in 2008-09 aboard Delta Lloyd and 2011-12 on the incident plagued Volvo 70, Sanya. With the switch to the one design, ruggedly constructed Volvo 65 for this race many of the issues that bedevilled the competitors and organisers in the previous races appear to have been resolved. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
The Volvo Ocean Race and its forerunner, the Whitbread Round the World Race, used to be dominated by Kiwi crews. In the current edition, there are just three New Zealanders competing. Two of those are on Team Alvimedica, the US and Turkish flagged entry. ... [more]  

Rainbow II is one of the most iconic yachts in New Zealand sailing history. Built and skippered by Chris Bouzaid, her win in the One Ton Cup in 1969 was New Zealand’s first big international sailing win. Doyle Sails NZ was commissioned to build the new sails for the iconic Rainbow II with design work by Chris’ son Richard ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World’s NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with David Swete one of three New Zealand crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Swete was reporting in from Team Alvimedica the US and Turkish flagged entry, currently lying in fourth place on leg 4 of the race from Sanya China to Auckand. ... [more]  

Oracle Team USA AC45 Turbo Feb 25 Training images provided by pressure-drop.us. Flat flood conditions and winds 12-18 and then picking up late in the day. Boat is matching the olars established with the AC 72's. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Dongfeng has pulled another mile from Abu Dhabi, and MAPFRE looks like they have been making some good gains on the two leading boats. ... [more]  

AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style! by American Windsurfing Tour
Last night saw the Opening Party for the Goya Cabo Verde Pro contest here on the beautiful island of Sal. In attendance were some of the biggest names in windsurfing along with local watermen, business men and dignitaries. The true spirit of the American Windsurfing Tour came out in force which was both mirrored and complimented by the spirit of this island ... [more]  

With Cheminées Poujoulat making good progress up the Atlantic, making close to 18kts, 120 miles SW of the Falklands, Cape Horn marks the frontier between the two different worlds inhabited by skippers on the Barcelona World Race. ... [more]  

Emirates Team New Zealand has announced a team restructuring ahead on next week's expected announcement that the Qualifier for the 2017 America's Cup will be held in Auckland. The statement issued by the team early this afternoon, indicates the team has secured substantial funding and sponsorship for its 2017 campaign. ... [more]  

2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us ... [more]  

CYC Midwinters Racing – 'Mid Winter racing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get' ~Forrest Gump~Skipper of SS Jenny ... [more]  

Laser Standard Men’s World Championships (June 29-July 8), the Laser Masters World Championships (July 10-18), and the Laser Radial Youth World Championships (August 14-20) are being hosted by the CORK. ... [more]  

Kaenon's Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both are former Olympic match racers, who have switched to ocean racing. Both are wearing the new prescription Kaenon sunglasses in the 40,000nm race around the world. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Overnight Ian Walker reported getting ahead of Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng only to have Mother Nature take it all back again, getting caught under a rain cloud in light winds ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Mythical, revered, renowned, legendary.....but above all Cape Horn is a time for extra care and caution. While observers and race fans may be poised to share and enjoy the passage of the race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat this Tuesday evening, Swiss co-skipper Bernard Stamm of race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat was clear that there will be little time for celebration ... [more]  

Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3 crossed the finish line in Antigua at 20:35:30 AST on Tuesday 24th February 2015 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat, which has lead the two handed round the world race for 39 days, has passed Cape Horn (67°15 11 W) at 01:00 UTC (02:00 Barcelona time, 22:00 Chilean time). ... [more]  

For the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 records are predicted to tumble, which has one of the most spectacular line ups of high performance boats racing anywhere in the world. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - The Notice of Race for the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship has been released. Set to be held in Middelfart, Denmark from 8-12 July, the 2015 edition of the Women’s Match Race Worlds will welcome the world’s finest female match racers as they fight for the title. ... [more]  

Many exciting changes have been implemented this year for the 35th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, and one of those will be the Saturday night party, which will take place on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. This evening promises to be a night filled with undeniable sex appeal and a line up that boasts not one but two powerful female performers. ... [more]  

RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America announce a joint effort to promote a new-age pathway for kids to find their passion for sailing. The goal is to provide a more formalized learning track parallel to what has been done traditionally, and excite youth sailors with modern sailing craft. ... [more]  

On day 2 of the RORC Caribbean 600 by dawn the vast majority of the 64-strong fleet were negotiating the chicane of islands to the northern end of the course, weaving through the stunning islands of Saba, St.Martin and St.Barths. However Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3, was literally miles ahead of the fleet. ... [more]  

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin by Jeremy Leonard, Los Angeles
Ten of the best collegiate sailing teams from across country will descend on Los Angeles Yacht Club® March 13 through15 to test their sailing prowess as they battle it out for the prestigious Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Trophy. This perpetual trophy was deeded to Los Angeles Yacht Club by Port of Los Angeles in 2008, to encourage, '…young men and women to enjoy benefits of competitive sailing.' ... [more]  

Airbnb may a popular 'peer-to-peer' lodging site on the web, but if you want to rent a boat in your local area or away, you’ve got options, too. Boatbound.com, Boatsetter.com and Cruzin.com are just a few of the new crop of online websites offering a chance to rent a boat for the day or weekend. ... [more]  

2015 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – The Notice of Race, the Olympic Test Event, has been published. The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay. ... [more]  

2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, listen to the replay below. Nic talks with: Scott Babbage, Iain Murray on 18fter and also the America's Cup, Seve Jarvin and many more ... [more]  

Kiwi sailor Ryan Houston has grown up on this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race as he took on the role as Watch Captain for Team Alvimedica. His career as a sailor is evolving as he gets more involved in the leadership and decision-making onboard Alvimedica. Learn about the ‘Day in the Life’ of a Watch Captain in the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

Latest predictions for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race are all indicating a finish time between 1000hrs and 1400hrs on Saturday February 28. For one of only three Kiwi crew members in the Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi's Daryl Wislang looks like being the first in the queue at the piecart, when the boats reach Auckland. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – Now the race to Auckland is truly on
America's Cup: Spooner fails in attempt to have Oracle AC45 arrested
2015 505 Midwinter Championship - Final race
Barcelona World Race – Renault Captur resume, Spirit of Hungary stuck
2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World – Emerging Nations Programme announced
Barcelona World Race - Spirit of Hungary to make surprise pit-stop
US Sailing Match Racing Committee launches The Dial Up Newsletter
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 7
Volvo Ocean Race – The Doldrums outside the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Winner expected in Auckland on Saturday
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Biggest challenges are around the corner
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 2 overall
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Farr 40 and Cal 25 class winners announced
Barcelona World Race - The Bountiful Horn Beckons for Stamm and Le Cam
Geelong boat Phoenix wins Sydney 38 National Title
JJ Giltinan 18 foot Skiff Championship 2015 images by Bruce Kerridge
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 restart from the Doldrums
Melges 24 U.S. Championship is enjoying early success
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Records set as rookie Kiwi crew second in Race 7
Around Antigua Island Race - Unofficial record
Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners honored   
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 1   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta crew forum - place to find crew or a ride   
J/24 Midwinter Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar hanging on by a claw   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Watch Race 7 here - Live and then in Replay!   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA goes out past the Golden Gate + Video   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 6   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Race 6 interviews with Hamlin, Thurlow and Yamaha   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA report on their new foiler   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Images from Race 6 by Christophe Favreau   
RORC Caribbean 600 - The young ones   
Malibu’s Evolution Pro Series to feature as one-third of WBW Series   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Gotta Love It 7 creates history as US wins Race 6   
Career Day comes on the heels of industry growth   
J/24 Midwinter Championship Day 1   
RORC Caribbean 600 - Phaedo 3 and Paradox fly into Antigua   
RORC Caribbean 600 provides a mixed bag of IRC delights   
Barcelona World Race - Closing fast   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Watch Race 6 here - Live and then in Replay!   
Tessanne Chin to illuminate the stage on Caribbean Jam night   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT