Cowes Week update

News about entering online and the courses

Wednesday May 7th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Dates

Skandia Cowes Week 2004 will be one week later than usual and will run from Saturday 7 August until Saturday 14 August. This is owing to the normal dates coinciding with some of the biggest spring tides of the year which can severely disrupt the racing.

Cowes Combined Clubs realises the dates of Cowes Week affect a great many people and therefore hopes that those affected will understand the reasons for this change.


Entry

This can now be carried online by clicking here.

This facility is available to all handicap classes plus boats in the Laser SB3, Daring, Sonata, 1720, Hunter 707, Mumm 30, Sigma 38, J-Sprit and X332 classes.

The Class Associations of other one-design classes require entries to be submitted to their Class Secretary for validation and so boats in these classes will not be able to enter online. For those entrants, and for others who prefer not to enter online, a copy of the Entry Form for you to print and complete manually is also available on the site.

Otherwise contact CCC by email: ccc@cowesweek.co.uk or by telephone on +44 (0) 1983 295744.


Course software

CCC has had the benefit of some sophisticated computer software to assist the course setters for several years. This has undoubtedly led to better courses and to less congestion at marks.

For 2003, this software will be further enhanced to allow the volunteer race officers to monitor fleet positions far more easily. With only a few classes to worry about, this aspect of race management is not too much of a problem. However, in Skandia Cowes Week, with 35 classes and around 1,000 boats racing, the problem can become huge. This new software should make decisions on shortening courses simpler and lead to even fewer races running out of time (to read about the race management side of Cowes - click here)


Sponsorship

In addition to Skandia, Cowes Week has a new family of supporting sponsors including Champagne Mumm, Henri Lloyd, Omega, Timberland, WightCable and Wightlink as supporting sponsors, together with ICOM, Sandham Office Supplies, Silva and Visitmap as official suppliers. Mad Cowes has also been signed up as the Official Supplier of Skipper Briefcases.

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