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Etchells 2021 Ice Bucket Championship at Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club

by Azat Ulutas 22 Oct 02:11 PDT 16-17 October 2021
Etchells 2021 Ice Bucket Championship at Cowes © Gavin Ford

Eighteen boats entered the Etchells Ice Bucket regatta, sailed in the Solent and run by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club. Normally this event has 8-10 boats turn up as an end of season sail, but the new interest in the class with the 2022 Worlds being in Cowes increased this to 18.

Day 1 saw a light breeze in the morning which led to AP being displayed. The AP was dropped at 11am after a 4-5 knot westerly filled and the fleet started to leave the dock.

The first race saw newcomer Paul Brotherton sailing onboard Man's Best Friend with James Fawcett and Mark Asquith take the win. Not a bad way to mark your entry on the class.

However, the leader after three races was Jolly Roger sailed by Tom Abrey sailing with his usual crew Matt Reid and Bruno van Dyke. They managed to sail a very consistent 1,2,4 making them overnight leaders.

Day 2's forecast was for a southerly, and wind speeds of 8-10 knots only 5 points separated the top 5 boats it was all to play for. David Franks onboard Strait Dealer started the day with a first with Grant Gordon's Louise Racing got a solid second place. Seven points separated the top 5 by the last race, and with two of the top 5 being UFD after multiple general recalls, Grant Gordon ended up winning the race and also the event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoYacht NameSkipper /CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1  GBR 1490Louise racing Grant Gordon / Elliot Hansen / Luke Patience / James Taylor42629115
2  GBR 1470GelertJames Howells / Ruairidh Scott / Jamie Lea51433UFD16
3  GBR 1431Strait DealerDavid Franks / Graham Sunderland / Vita Heathcote / Ryan Orr36217819
4  GBR 1434AlfieLawrie Smith / Richard Parslow / Goncalo Ribeiro / Ben Saxton63371UFD20
5  GBR 1352Jolly RogerThomas Abrey / Brink van dyke / Matt Reid241951421
6  GBR 1460Man's Best FriendPaul Brotherton / James Fawcett / Mark Asquith111764321
7  GBR 1227Bounce BackAllan Manuel / Stephen Rarity / David Kelly888514433
8  GBR 1409No DramasAndrew Lawson / Hamish Mackay / David Bedford7109810236
9  GBR 1441PulsePeter Rogers / Ben Cooper / Neil Harrison / Diana Kissane9710413636
10  GBR 1020Sumo (Corinthian)Anthony Parke / Ross Mackley / Jon Mears / William Birchall15551181140
11  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Matt Hanabby / Robby Boyd109131421246
12  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / Duncan Truswell / Matt Howard12RETRET156557
13  GBR 1271ZiggyJames Cunnison / Will James / Kate MacAdorey / Mackey McCann17151613111065
14  GBR 1014Palavar (Corinthian)Azat Ulutas / Brandom Morales / Tyler Harriott / Kai Hockley1616151016966
15  GBR 1417China WightNicholas Stagg / Simon Spraggs / Harry Blowers11141416151367
16  Gbr 1432DESPERATERoger Reynolds / Robert TYRWHITT DRAKE / Rupert AndersonDNSDNSDNS1212769
17  GBR 1351AudreyJon Warwick / Eddie Warwick / Fraser Woodley131311DNSDNSDNS75
18  GBR 1148Silver LiningMurray Chapples / Rupert Anderson / Lance Griffiths141212DNSDNSDNS76

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