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Cowes Spring Classics 2020

by Mary Scott-Jackson 9 Sep 06:01 PDT 4-6 September 2020
Cowes Spring Classics 2020 © Chris Brown Photography

Cowes Spring Classics, rescheduled from its original May date, took place over the weekend of 4-6 September. The regatta for classic yachts was sailed in perfect conditions, with sunny skies and a good breeze.

Excellent race management by Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club ensured the 21 boats entered had a good time on the water, while socially distanced on-shore events contributed to the relaxed atmosphere.

Sandy Fielding's Spirit yacht Strega won the Modern Classics class, Sue and David Pennison's Golant Gaffer Satellite won the class for gaff rigged yachts. The class for larger Bermudan yachts was won by Michael Briggs' 1904 Fife Rater Mikado. The winner of the class for smaller Bermudan yachts, and the regatta overall was Chris and Victoria Preston's recently acquired 1924 West Solent One Design Suvretta. The Sprit of the Regatta Award was presented to Stephen Brookson and his SCOD Firecracker.

Co-organiser, Martin Nott commented: "We were delighted to be able to hold the regatta, albeit at a later date, and it wouldn't have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of our sponsors, owners, crew and all our suppliers who helped make it happen. We're looking forward to planning next year's regatta which will be held in May - dates to be announced soon."

The regatta is supported by the following sponsors: Henri-Lloyd; Mermaid Gin; British Classic Yacht Club; Cowes Harbour Commission; West System; Classic Boat; Ratsey & Lapthorn; Classic Marine; Solent Wealth Management; Medina Yard; Rigit; Crew Kit; Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club.

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