TP52s to quarter tonners

A preview to this weekend's Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta

Wednesday May 28th 2008, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
Now in its fourth year the Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes, will take place this coming Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June.

Originally instigated as a fun level racing regatta to fill a gap in the big boat racing calendar; this event's simple racing format and excellent social programme have proven hugely successful with the competitors and is back by popular demand again this year, and for 2008 expect record entries.

Racing will be run for four classes. The entry list for the 50-52 foot class already features six TP52s and the Farr 52 of Peter Harrison, ensuring that the racing in this class is not only exceptionally competitive, but also truly spectacular to watch.

This will also be the first time that six TP 52s will be racing together outside the TP circuit. The ever popular 44-46 foot class, which already includes all ten of the UK based Farr 45s and a DK46, will once again provide hot racing action and plenty of surprises.

New to the event is the X-35 One Design Class. This rapidly growing class will be using the event as their Southern Area Championship.

Last, but most certainly not least, is the Quarter Ton Class, whose revival continues apace. This year a number of newly renovated boats will be joining the fleet alongside many of the regular faces, all keen to take advantage of this excellent warm up opportunity in preparation for the 2008 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, also being hosted by the RCYC from 15-18 June.

With the exception of the Quarter Tonners the fleets will level race, retaining the "first past the post" format that has made the Vice Admiral's Cup so popular. The Quarter Tonners will compete under IRC to cope with the 20 year design span.

Racing will take place in the central Solent with the 50-52 and 44-46 foot classes on one course and the X35s and Quarter Tonners on another.

For the third consecutive year the organisers says they are delighted to be working with event supporters North Sails, Musto, and Boat Sales International. They play a vital role in ensuring the success of the Vice Admiral's Cup and we are very pleased to be able to welcome them aboard again.

Entries:

Class 0 - 50- 52 ft
1. Rio - TP 52 - Charles Dunstone
2. Flash Glove - TP 52 - Colm Barrington
3. John Merricks - TP 52 - Volvo RYA Keelboat Prog.
4. RAN - TP 52 - Niklas Zennstrom
5. Stay Calm of London - TP 52 - Stuart Robinson
6. Henri Lloyd - Cutting Edge -TP 52 - Robert Lutener & Martin Elwood
7. Chernikeef 2 - Farr 52 - Peter Harrison

Class 1 - 44 ft - 46 ft
1. Atomic - Farr 45 - Langley Holdings plc
2. Rebel - Farr 45 - Stewart Whitehead
3. Alice 2 - Farr 45 - Simon & Mike Henning
4. Werewolf - Farr 45 - Jerry Otter
5. Exabyte - Farr 45 - Shaun Frohlich
6. Freddie Freeloader - Farr45 - Eamonn O'Nolan
7. Shockwave - DK 46 - Nick Lutte
8. Fortis Excel - Farr 45 - Agne V Nilsson
9. Martini Espresso - Farr 45 - Jeffrey Blue
10. Fraxious - Farr 45 - Jack Pringle

Class 3 - X 35
1. Jazz ll Ian Smyth
2. Cool Runnings Thorkild Juncker
3. X- Dream Colin Fry
4. Vortex Tim & Sophie Harrington
5. Unruly Robin Knibb

Class 4 - Quarter Tonners
1. Supernova Oliver Ophaus
2. Lancelot Matt Clark & Tony Thackray
3. Espada Louise Morton
4. Favors John Spottiswood
5. Runaway Bus Paul Kelsey
6. ASAP M A Christie
7. Great Bear lV Graham & Victoria Hetherington
8. Bullet Howard Sellars
9. Catch Darren Marston
10. Snoopy David Tydeman
11. Tom Bombadil Kevin George & Chris Frost
12. Sgt Pepper Richard & Anna Thomas
13. Odd Job Paul Treliving

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