Dragons in Cowes

Matthew Armstrong reports on last weekend's Island Sailing Club-organised racing

Wednesday May 28th 2003, Author: Matthew Armstrong, Location: United Kingdom
The Dragon Class enjoyed some superb racing in Cowes this weekend, from the shoreline of the Island Sailing Club the class took a break from the windward-leeward courses that have so far dominated the season and enjoyed Cowes Week-style round the cans racing.

A welcome addittion to the fleet came in the form of Chris Britain. He can usually be found taking the Burnham fleet to the cleaners but he has decided that Cowes is the place to brush up on his skills, with his crew of young Noddy and the stunningly vivacious Gillian, would Britain-ia rule the waves?

Also joining the fleet was David Crabb and Teresa Wade. They had won last prize in a raffle draw in Burnham a week previously, the prize being the opportunity to crew for Neil Payne for a weekend in Rampage - Neil had a great weekend and it was good to see his crew work was sharper than it is with his usual boys.

Three races were held over three days. 14 boats took to the water. The sun shone. The wind blew and competition as always was tight. Class Captain Bill Daniels made a guest appearance on Aimee as regular jockeys Julia and Graham Bailey were off Star sailing in Nice. Bill, crewed by Steve Richardson managed a second on the Saturday and a third on the Monday. Chris Caws in Apalala had a mixed weekend, crewed by his regular middle man Jeremy Field and aided by Clare Armstrong and Colin Field they managed to secure a couple of third places on Saturday and Sunday, however the less said about Monday's effort the better.

Alan Bulmer had a great weekend and certainly wins the prize for best looking crew, mainly because he had both his daughters crewing for him - brave man, he managed a second on the Sunday but was up there for most of the weekend. Fred Solly in Luder with Alistair Childs and Jenny Stutley were always knocking on the door of victory so coming away from the weekend with only a second place on Monday may be a bit disappointing, however Fred can take comfort from the weekend in that his Pimms threshold has risen another two pints in one sitting.

And so, as they say, you should always save the best until last. Richard Hoj Jordan driving Chaotic had a superb weekend winning all three races, crewed by Rusty Griswald and Lawrence Porridge the three of them drank from the gold goblet of success and then went back for more - great to see these young heroes in the making.

Thanks to the Island Sailing Club for all their efforts, especially the race officers and to both Dave's and the rest of the staff behind the bar.

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