TUIGA - SMALLER, LIGHTER, FASTER IN THE WESTWARD CUP REGATTA

TUIGA - SMALLER, LIGHTER, FASTER IN THE WESTWARD CUP REGATTA

Friday July 9 2010 Author: PRPETA Location: United Kingdom

WESTWARD CUP REGATTA NEWS Day 4 | 9th July 2010

There was all to play for today when the breeze finally kicked in and saw the four competing yachts in the inaugural Westward Cup Regatta jostling for line position and eventually getting the gun at 1130hrs. Meanwhile, the crowd of spectators in Cowes were treated to some wonderful close ups of these beauties as they were milling around awaiting their orders, right in front of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

The RYS Race Committee set a more taxing course for the boats and their crews today, sending them to WEST LEPE - SOUTH BRAMBLE - PRINCE CONSORT- HAMSTEAD LEDGE - SOLENT BANK - SOUTH BRAMBLE - PRINCE CONSORT - EAST LEPE - SOUTH BRAMBLE - PRINCE CONSORT- FINISH, a distance of approximately 32 miles. After settling into their positions on the start line, it was Tuiga who was first over the line and she continued to lead the field throughout the day. She is the smallest and lightest of the four and the course certainly suited her as the wind increased up to Force 5, making the crews on all the yachts work harder than usual. The wind and the tide were responsible for requiring numerous tacks and gybes as the fleet made their way around the course. There was little time for any rest on board!

This is the third of four days’ racing for the competing yachts in this fabulous new series that concludes tomorrow. Today’s results on corrected time are:

Tuiga 04h 48m 16s

Mariquita 05h 13m 35s

Mariette 05h 30m 23s

Eleonora 06h 10m 57s

Tuiga was built in 1909 for the Duke of Medinacelli, who was a friend to the King of Spain, and designed identically to the King's yacht, ‘Hispania’. This was so that they could then race on equal terms against each other. However, Tuiga collected a long line of second places allowing rumours to spread that indicated the Duke was 'holding back' so as not to beat the King and cause an embarrassing situation. She was the first 15-Metre to be restored at Fairlie Restorations and has been owned by Monaco Yacht Club since 1993.

Tuiga – Vital Statistics

LOA 27.36m (92ft)

LWL 15.68m (48ft 11in)

Beam 4.15m (14ft 1in)

Draught 2.95m (9ft 10in)

Sail area 390m2 (4,014ft2)

Displacement 50 tons (original)

The course for tomorrow will be posted on the Royal Yacht Squadron website as soon as it has been confirmed but it is unlikely to be a round the island race. Further details about the Westward Cup Regatta and Results to date are also available on the Royal Yacht Squadron’s website at http://www.rys.org.uk.

The Westward Cup Regatta has been organised by three of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) and two partner Clubs, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) and in collaboration with Boat International Media. ≠≠≠

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