Cowes portraits

We catch up with some of the individuals taking part in Skandia Cowes Week
Today we talk to Cowes stalwart Harry Evans, find out about the Girls For Sail women's teams, while The Daily Sail's Andy Nicholson gives his account about how he and Glenn Bourke won the 1720s PLUS audio from Ben Ainslie about his racing against Shirley Robertson today in a Laser SB3, Athens, Cadiz and the Admiral's Cup Harry Evans, owner of the new Swan 45 Alvine XIII , is one of the most regular faces on the Solent racing scene. James Boyd spoke to him about how he goes about his racing... With the Swan Europeans in Cowes, along with the RORC's IRC and IRM races, it has been a busy year so far for Harry Evans and his crew on Alvine XIII. "We have been out in every event this year with the boat. I think we are the only ones who have been... We did the Spring Series and every series since over here," he says while supping a post-race beer on the back of his boat in Cowes Yacht Haven. This year Evans has a new boat - a one design Swan 45. This is the 13th race boat he has owned. "The first one was in 1969 or 70. It was a Swedish Viga. Then I had a Trapper 500, a Sadler, two Sigma 33s and then we moved into One Tonners. I'd made a bit more profit then so I could afford it! I had the Lightwave for nine years. That was the one we had most fun on." Alvine XII was a Swan 44, so the move to the new one design was an easy one for Evans to make. "There are seven of them now. McFly is a Swan 45. We were here for the Swan Europeans and we had the Europeans for the Swan 45 the week before. "This one