Another win for the World Champ
Along with the full sailing program (6 races over the 3 days) there was a busy social schedule. A ‘pig on a spit’ was arranged for Saturday at Shepards Wharf, allowing competitors to enjoy food, beer and the usual post race banter while still in their race gear. In stark contrast a gala dinner dance took place in the RYS Pavilion on Sunday evening in honour of the Cowes fleet’s World Champions (Chris Law, Adam Gosling, Poul-Ricard Hoi-Jensen and Stuart Childerly) and their crews. The whole fleet and many guests had a great time and the party rocked on until the early hours (there were a few crews looking a little worse for wear the next day). Many thanks to Patrick Chisholm, the Etchells Cowes Fleet Commodore, for organising this event.
Most crews agreed that the race conditions were tough – at times it was like snakes and ladders on the course with the fleet avoiding black clouds and splitting across the Solent in the search for wind. As usual, over the six races, the cream floated to the top and coming into the last day there were just 10 points between the top six boats. Two bullets on the final day saw Stuart Childerly, Simon Russell and Rodger Marino on Bedrock take the title by 4 points from Patriot Games. The top five finished as follows:
2. Patriot Games – Paul Blowers / Jack McCarthy
3. Lucy Blue – Roger Wickens
4. Swedish Blue – Lawrence Meade / Ante Razmilovic
5. Mtu Moja Na Umbwa Yake – Nils Razmilovic
Many thanks to the RYS for their excellent race management and for hosting this regatta.