News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Skandia Cowes Week daily round up

Skandia Cowes Week daily round up

'Jono Shelley, Laser SB3 on day 6 of Skandia Cowes Week 2008'    onEdition ©    Click Here to view large photo

The penultimate day of Skandia Cowes Week found the engraver poised to etch names, new and old, on some cherished silverware as the Solent was cleared of racing boats to prepare for a tumultuous fireworks display.

At the start of the day, 17 of the 37 classes had already been decided and five boats out of the 2008 entry of 976 had maintained their remarkable unbeaten records.

Conditions in the Solent once again suited Niklas Zennstrom’s Ran, which crossed the finish line just over a minute ahead of Charles Dunstone’s Rio which gave Stuart Robinson’s Stay Calm second place on corrected time. It also handed Ran a comprehensive IRC Class Zero win overall for 2008.

Liz and Chris Savage in Savage Sailing Team had made a clean sweep in the J80 class taking their tally of wins to 17 in 20 races in the past three years.

Similarly, Jon Powell and Sarah Norbury were undefeated in the Hunter 707s, Edward Donald’s Njordic Folkboat Madelaine was invincible in IRC Class 9 and Ian Braham’s MG346 Dean & Dyball Enigma had produced a matchless performance in IRC Class 6 to reclaim their 2006 title.

However, by the end of the day, as freaky Friday took its course, all five had been beaten to tarnish an otherwise flawless week for their crews.

Team Pindar scoops Laser SB3 prize at first attempt

Match-racer Ian Williams completed a breathtaking class win in the Laser SB3s today, after driving Team Pindar to their second victory of the week by a nerve jangling 17 seconds.

With two points separating Team Pindar, Geoff Carveth’s Team Earls Court and Jerry Hill’s 3 Sad Old Blokes at the start of today, the 13 nm course was a make or break affair and Williams, racing with his world match-racing team Simon Shaw and Mark Nicoles, was keen to wrap up a win today.

But it was not so straightforward and after making a cracking start, they had to wait until the last beat before they finally went into the lead.

'It was quite tense because we were in 5th place at the first mark and if we had stayed there, we would not have won overall,' said Williams who prior to this week had raced Laser SB3s over just two weekends in 2007.

'We have taken this very seriously. We are professional sailors so treated it as part of our training programme and feel that we made a clear progression. It has been a fantastic regatta and we are really pleased to have won.'

Flying Fifteen class line up off the Royal Yacht Squadron - Skandia Cowes Week 2008 -  onEdition ©?nid=47435   Click Here to view large photo
Men Behaving Badly in clean sweep

There were a few classes where the outcome seemed to be predictable from the first gun as in the Flying 15s, which have been dominated by Rupert Mander in Men Behaving Badly.

A former Flying 15 world champion, Rupert has reigned supreme over the class for the past four years, winning a staggering 29 races out of the last 35 at Cowes.

But far from being resentful at his success, the other skippers in the class are accepting that Cowes is a happy hunting ground for the Warwickshire based sailor.

'He is such a nice chap that none of us mind,' said Andrew Rutherford, who has been campaigning Double Trouble in 2008.

'I have been sailing Flying 15s for 25 years. I used to race with my dad and now I race with my 11 year-old daughter Eleanor.

They are lovely boats and we love being out there. You might not think it but it is a very competitive class and some of the younger guys are hopeful that they might topple Rupert one day.'Ribard wins Skandia Young Skipper Trophy

The Skandia Young Skipper award was also decided. Young Sebastian Ribard, 21, racing the J80 has spent his week sitting on the Savage’s heels but today he converted near misses into a famous win.

He was runner up four times and third twice, which was not enough for a class win but was sufficiently emphatic to beat fellow young skipper contender Jack Grogan on The Apprentice, who was a top five finisher in every IRC Class 9 race.

Kite hoist costs Healthsure

Pete Newland’s Healthsure, which has been busy raising funds for the Ellen MacArthur Trust all week, needed to finish second behind Amey Love Shack in the Beneteau 40.7 class to take the overall inaugural prize but hoisting their reaching kite after they had rounded the first mark at the front of the fleet, left them with a broken bowsprit and cost them six places, which they struggled to recoup.

In the end, they finished in third place, one minute and 11 seconds behind Tim Spalding’s Amey Love Shack and the top prize was snatched from under their noses.

'The crew are pretty disappointed but it was all my fault,' admitted Newlands whose crew of nurses, teachers and IT professionals have raised in excess of £12,000 for the EMT this week.

'My tactician advised me not to put it up because we were in the lead and only needed to stay in front of Amey Love Shack to win the overall prize. But I wanted to put it up for a bit of fun.'

Everything to play for in finale

The Squibs will be out racing tomorrow but tonight Mike Probert was thinking he and his crew on Pani Munta had done enough to win, having posted a 90 second victory over fierce rivals Ghost Rider, with whom they have been battling royally all week. A win tomorrow will earn him the Overall White Group trophy.

Graham and Stephen Bailey were hoping to have the Etchells title back in their grasp by the time the fireworks started in Cowes tonight, but one of the closest contests in years means their return to the race track tomorrow morning will decide their destiny.

'This was not in the plan at all but it is very exciting,' said Stephen whose 2007 winner Arbitrator is leading by a single point over Mark Downer’s Moonlight.

'If they win tomorrow and we come second we win overall. If they win and we come third, they win overall. If we win, we win,' he explained.

The climax of the Dragon racing is similarly nip and tuck with Julia Bailey, wife of Graham, favourite to win the title tomorrow though a seventh today means that her work is by no means complete.

Len Jones and Rumours, lying equal on points going into the last race said it was a re-run of 2007 when Julia finished one point behind Len with David Palmer on Princess Jalina taking honours.

To win this year, Rumours has to win and Aimee needs to finish 4th or below, explained Len.

'The forecast is for wind which suits us because we are the fat boys of the fleet, but Julia has to be favourite because she is a very good competitor. She’s clever, with a very good crew.'

by Kate Laven/CWL


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

9:44 PM Fri 8 Aug 2008 GMT

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

Click for further information on

Related News Stories:

10 Aug 2008  Skandia Cowes Week - 2008 Final Overall Results
09 Aug 2008  Zelda wins J/109 at Skandia Cowes Week
09 Aug 2008  Skandia Cowes Week - Final day
09 Aug 2008  Ian Williams wins SB3 event at Cowes Week
09 Aug 2008  Skandia Cowes Week - Day 6 Overall Results
08 Aug 2008  Light winds for penultimate day Skandia Cowes Week
08 Aug 2008  Kerry Gruson awarded Liz Earle Ladies Day Trophy
08 Aug 2008  Skandia Cowes Week - day 6 overall results
07 Aug 2008  Liz Earle Ladies Day at Skandia Cowes Week
07 Aug 2008  Skandia Cowes Week - Overall positions after day 5

News - USA and the World

420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,

Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay

America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/,

Help clean up the sailing water at Rio - Image Gallery
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT