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Final day decides winners at BCYC Regatta

by Justin Chisholm on 26 Jul 2008
Cowes Classic Week 08 - 2008 British Yacht Club Classic Regatta Nicky Aigner
Competitors were greeted by light winds and overcast skies on the final day of racing at the 2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta in Cowes. Many of the class series would be decided on the result of today’s single race and there was a palpable air of anticipation as the fleet left the Cowes Yacht Haven this morning.

With the first leg of the Class Zero course being a beat to into the tide, the boats delighted the throngs of spectators and photographers watching from under the Royal Yacht Squadron platform, by starting close to the shore in an effort to cheat the tide. Tuiga and The Lady Anne immediately engaged in a one on one, pre-start match race for the advantage on the line. Tuiga initially looked to have gained the upper hand when, skirting the seaweed covered rocks, they tacked on to port with less than a minute to go.

The Lady Anne crew had other ideas however and demonstrating near perfect time on distance technique, they neatly tacked in front of Tuiga to steal her perfect start. Mariette, unable to come as close inshore as the smaller boats had to stay a couple of hundred yards further offshore and could only watch as her smaller rivals edged away in less tide.

With the breeze remaining light, the big boats made slow but steady progress around the fifteen mile course and it was just over three hours later that Mariquita crossed the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club finish to take a line honours win. Some four minutes after came Tuiga, with Mariette hot on her heels. When the results had been calculated, Tuiga had taken a comprehensive handicap race win. Having performed impressively in the lightish conditions for such a big yacht, was Mariette was second and Kelpie corrected into third.

This meant that in the overall standings Tuiga’s win enabled her to retain her position at the top of the leader board and could celebrate a Class Zero win. Mariette finished just two points behind in second place with The Lady Anne third.
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There was no closer battle for the overall series than in Class Four, where going into the last race, Roger Dann’s Leonie and Lance Rowell’s Dorothy were tied on points. In the crucial final race the upper hand in that battle went to Leonie who finished second today behind Adam Gosling’s Sinbad of Abersoch. Dorothy struggled to find her form and could only manage an eleventh. Today’s results gave Roger Dann and his crew aboard Leonie a well deserved class victory by nine points from of Sinbad of Abersoch whose win leapfrogged them past Dorothy into second.

In Class Two, despite winning the final race, Brian & Yvonne Turner’s Clarion of Wight had to concede the overall series to Martin Thomas’s Charm of Rhu by a margin of just three points. David Messon’s Josephine, who at the beginning of the week had scored well in the Round the Island race, also put a consistent series together for the rest of the regatta, helping her to secure third overall.

Throughout the regatta there was little doubt in Class Two about who the winning boat would be. David Murrin’s Cetewayo won both legs of the Round the Island Race, the Ladies Day race as well as three other races to finish on eight points – twelve point six points ahead of the next boat. Second was the Earl of Cork and Orrery and David Glasgow’s Athena and they will have been equally pleased to have won their weeklong battle against fellow 8 Metre Ilderim. Marc Busschots’s aboard Ilderim finished on a high too by taking a win in the final race. Third overall in Class Two was the 12 Metre Wings helmed by Guy Ribadeau Dumas. Wings impressed everyone with their speed during the regatta, never more so than the opening Round the Island race when they managed to lead the whole regatta fleet home by some considerable margin.

Their stellar performance during the week also earned David Murrin and his polished team aboard Cetewayo, the 2008 British Yacht Club Regatta overall title.

The Brian Keelan Memorial Trophy for the best gaff rigged yacht was awarded to the Yacht Club De Monaco’s Tuiga.

Based upon the votes of all the competing skippers, Tim Blackman’s Infanta was given the ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ award for the boat which most believed had ‘that special something’.

The Classic Boat Magazine prize for ‘most gentlemanly behaviour’ was given to Chris & Liz Day’s Thendara, in recognition of their courteous conduct on the racecourse.

Trophies were presented at a sumptuous Prizegiving Dinner at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club dinner this evening. On Saturday 26th of July all the competitors have been invited to take part in a Parade of Sail off the Royal Yacht Squadron at 1000, followed by a ‘Payback’ Race for Classes Two, Three and Four starting at 1130 from a Committee Boat line.

Provisional Overall Results:

Class Zero

1st Tuiga
2nd Mariette
3rd The Lady Anne

Class Two

1st Cetewayo
2nd Athena
3rd Wings

Class Three

1st Charm of Rhu
2nd Clarion of Wight
3rd Josephine

Class Four

1st Leonie
2nd Sinbad of Abersoch
3rd Dorothy

Overall Regatta Winner: Cetewayo – David Murrin

‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ Award – Infanta – Tim Blackman

The Brian Keelan Memorial Trophy – Tuiga – Yacht Club De Monaco

Classic Boat Magazine ‘Most Gentlemanly Behaviour’ prize – Thendara – Chris & Liz Day

The Brian Keelan Memorial Trophy for the best gaff rigged yacht was awarded to the Yacht Club De Monaco.

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Results, press releases and photographs from the regatta have been posted on the RCYC website at www.rcyc.co.uk . Video from the start of the Class Zero boats on Monday and other images captured at the regatta can be found on the Offshore Rules website at www.offshorerules.com
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