Who's the greatest!


SB3 Class winner at Cowes last year - Russell Peters
 

SB3 Class winner at Cowes last year - Russell Peters

We look at the form going into Friday's King of Cowes competition
Who is the greatest of them all? Well, the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes competition aims to find out this Friday as 27 winning skippers from Skandia Cowes Week 2006 take each other on in a three race shoot out in Laser SB3s – the winner taking home an actual VW Touareg…the second place and actual VW EOS and the third place an actual Laser GXD. Each class winning skipper from last year has been paired up through a blind draw with an SB3 owner who will sail on the boat and together they bring in extra crew up (one or two) to the weight limit of 270Kgs. It has produced a fantastic line up of some of Britain’s best and most well known keel boat sailors with an overseas headline team of Kiwi Mike Sanderson (winning skipper in IRC Class O ABN AMRO One) and his crew, Australian Glenn Bourke (CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, three times Laser World Champion, etc) who will race onboard Chris Darling’s SB3 Darling Associates. One suspects it will be a day that Darling will not forget in a while and we have found out that he has had his boat at David Heritage’s shed in Cowes for a full tickle up, and the new suit of sails has arrived… In fact there has been lots of tickling-up going on, boats out practicing, new sails purchased, crew recruited/substituted/fired, Lottery styled pre-prize winning contracts drawn up and we hereby present TheDailySail’s form guide. We would take bets - if we were betting people! Racing is to be run by the Royal Southern Yacht Club’s esteemed PRO Tony Lovell in the central Solent with racing planned to start at 11am. Three races are scheduled with no discards; just one race will constitute a series. Speaking with Bourke he views the start

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