Keelboat Championships conclude

The last weekend of Red Funnel racing for the Dragons, Sonars, Daarings and Etchells in the Solent

Tuesday October 1st 2002, Author: Mary McBride, Location: United Kingdom
An exciting summer season of racing for the keelboat classes at Cowes came to a head this week with the announcement of overall winners for this year’s Red
Funnel Cowes Keelboat Championships.

And for three of the four trophy classes it was new faces who stepped forward to receive the coveted trophies from sponsor Red Funnel’s managing director Alistair Whyte.

Only the International Etchells’ winners managed to keep hold of the trophy, with another win for Ante Razmilovic in Swedish Blue.

The Razmilovic’s made the Red Funnel championship a family affair, with Ante’s brother, Nils Razmilovic, taking second place overall in the Etchells in his fast-to-sail-but-tricky- to-say Mtu Moja Na Umbwa Yake.

The Dragon class winners are also a family act, with helm Julia Bailey taking husband Graham Bailey and her brother, Steve Richardson, out sailing with her to win the class in her Dragon, Aimee.

This is Julia’s second season racing in Aimee, last year she was runner up in the class for the keelboat trophy. Before that Julia and co raced in the Dragon Beinn Alligin, managing third overall. Darings overall champion is Tony Leech in Devius.
Tony, a regular Cowes sailor, was in no danger of being hungry during the six weekends of the Red Funnel series as his crew included Brian Bracken from Murray’s Fish Restaurant in Cowes and Donald Tibbetts of Mozart’s Restaurant.

The well-fed crew managed to take the championship crown from Jeremy Preston, who had held the Darings title for the past three years in Decanter.
Success in Darings is reckoned to be a good measure of seamanship and helming, as the strict one-design rules of the Darings class – they can’t even scrub their bottoms unless everyone else does too – make for a level playing field at sea.

Final championship winner was James Day, in the International Sonar class.

Cowes-based James, who has just completed a law degree, made his class too a family matter, was sailing his mother Lorraine Day’s Sonar, Geronimo, with fiancee Helen Fretter as regular crew. Guest crew members, including Cath Putt, were mainly fellow students .

James, supported by Doyle sails and planning to train in yacht design, was runner up last year and also second at this year’s Skandia Life Cowes Week.

The Red Funnel Cowes Keelboat Championships featured six weekends of racing on windward/leeward courses, with each weekend run by one of the main yacht clubs – the Royal Yacht Squadron, The Royal Thames YC, the Island Sailing Club, the Royal Corinthian YC, the Royal London YC and the Cowes Corinthian YC. The prizegiving was held at the Cowes Corinthian.

Red Funnel Cowes Keelboat Championship – overall places
International Etchells
1 Swedish Blue (Ante Razmilovic), 2 Mtu Moja Na Umbwa Yake, 3 Mayhem (Tim Daughton).
International Dragons
1 Aimee (Julia Bailey), 2 Apalala (Chris Caws), 3 Excalibur (Paul Patnel).
Darings
1 Devius (Tony Leech and A.Cassell), 2 Decanter (Jeremy Preston), 3 Defiant (Perry, Carritt, Kingsland, Aisher and French).
International Sonars
1 Geronimo (James Day), 2 Sonic Lady (Richard Palmer), 3 Pisces (Simon Clark and Trevor Scovell).

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