Going out with a bang

British Classic Yacht Club Regatta ends in 30 knots

Friday July 24th 2009, Author: Justin Chisholm, Location: United Kingdom
The British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 finished with a bang and definitely not a whimper as competitors were treated to a rip roaring final day of racing in classically tumultuous Solent conditions.

Given the forecast of high winds, the race committee wisely abandoned their original plan to run two races and were rewarded with a wonderful race sailed in winds often topping 30 knots. Hugh Morrison’s 90ft Savannah revelled in the fresh breezes and shrugged off a broken checkstay to dominate the Modern Classic Division on the water. Behind Savannah there was a battle royal on the water between the two Spirit yachts, SN O’Flaherty’s Soufriere and Enrique L Granados’s Dragon.

With some of the smaller boats struggling in the ferocious conditions towards the end of the race most of the Classic fleets were glad to have reached the finish off the mouth of the Medina. Back on the dock BCYC Secretary David Orton who had been racing aboard St David’s Light in Class 2 described the weather as "Pretty extreme! I can’t tell you how windy it got because all my masthead wind instruments are trashed."

Despite this minor inconvenience David and the BCYC are delighted with the 2009 edition of their regatta. "With a record entry this year we are so pleased that it has gone so well. Great racing, good parties and a superb camaraderie on the dock have all made for a superb event. The feedback from the competitors has been extremely positive and everyone is already looking forward to next year."

As is the tradition for the regatta, overall results will be announced tonight at the Prizegiving Dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron.

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