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International Etchells Spring Regatta at Cowes

by Jan Ford 30 Apr 04:44 PDT 27-28 April 2024
Jolly Roger during the Etchells Spring Regatta at Cowes © Jan Ford

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April saw the return of the Cowes Etchells Series. It was an exciting mix of senior boats, many of whom had been racing hard in Miami and Australia, mixed in with the Youth Boats who had been robustly training all winter with the Etchells Youth Academy.

For many competitors the first day was a learning curve with new teams put together. The first day saw experience pay off with David Mclean's team joint on points with (the welcome return of) Tom Abrey's Jolly Roger. The other win went to Ted Blower's Audrey. The races were characterised by a softening breeze, so banging the corners was the way to go.

Day two saw a cold North Westerly wind and the race course close to Ben F Wood right next to the main channel with a very strong flooding tide. The right hand side of the course was going to pay off and Jolly Roger secured two bullets to win the series. second was Harry Cowell's Alison, with a win, 3rd and 4th place. Man's Best Friend finished a strong 3rd with a 1st and two 2nd places during the weekend.

Many of the youth boats improved race on race, especially on the second day. Palaver, with the youngest crew, choosing the right side upwind so moved up to 7th place overall with a 3rd and 4th place.

Notable performances also came from Pulse- with a change in tactician Maisie Harkess' team secured 3 top ten finishes. David's Bromilow's Ziggy also gained a 2nd and 3rd place on Day 2, finishing just behind Simon Patterson's Standfast.

The Royal London YC race officer, Mike Randall, and his team were absolutely outstanding on both days. Despite shifty conditions they managed to get 3 races each day under way with near perfect racecourses and a very efficient transition between races.

The weekend highlighted the incredible strength in depth of the Etchells class, with a very high standard of racing and teams from the Etchells Youth Academy, Etchells Youth Performance Academy and dedicated owners bringing a very high standard of competition.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoBoat NameSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
152  GBR 1352Jolly RogerTom Abrey / Matt Reid / Jack Sharland35115111
257  GBR 957Alison (Corinthian) (Youth)Harry Cowell / Arthur Brown / Matt Barrett / Fodhla Dunne47541317
360  GBR 1460Man's Best FriendDavid Maclean / Harry Blowers / Quentin Bes‑Green21627718
451  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian) (Youth)Ted Blowers / Robby Boyd / Will Birch Tomlinson18362618
589  GBR 1508StandfastSimon Patterson / Luke Cross / Robert Bunce56254521
671  GBR 1271Ziggy (Corinthian) (Youth)David Bromilow / Haydn Sewell / Oscar Cawthorne / Hector Bennett73783222
714  GBR 1014Palaver (Corinthian) (Youth)Jaydon Owusu / Jessye Opoku‑Ware / Felipe Garcia / Corneille LePrince9DSQ836430
839  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Arlo Brand / Dylan Collingbourne8241212935
992  GBR 927Shamal (Corinthian) (Youth)Owen Colbern / Charlie Cooper / Max Bradley / Becky Caiger / Ollie Maclean10911791045
107  GBR 1407Astrid (Youth)Pedro Roberts / James Oxenham / Vicky Cowan / Tiarnan Brown124911111146
1120  GBR 1020SUMO (Corinthian) (Youth)Hamish Pimm / Camereon Yates / Thomas Clayton / Jamie Wilkinson6111010101247
1282  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian) (Youth)Maisie Harkess / Heather Quinn / Alicia Biggs / Lia Horne11121298848
1348  GBR 1148Ariel (Corinthian) (Youth)Kate MacAdorey / Charlie Ellis / George Sellwood / Naomi Richards / Ross Southwell13101313131362

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