1720s in Cowes
Robert Bicket’s Phoebe won the event with a four-point margin over second placed The Flying Duckman.
Racing was scheduled over Saturday and Sunday with close attention being paid to the light conditions as high pressure dominated the South Coast. A consistent easterly breeze on Saturday helped race officer Willie Sanderson to get four races in. Sunday however dawned very light, and with any potential seabreeze looking to arrive late in the day, the final two races of the series were abandoned with the eighteen boat fleet still tied up to the dock in Cowes.
Phobe quickly put the marker down with a win in the first race. With the startline positioned behind the Brambles Bank, Bicket, with Farr 40 owner Mark Heeley on the main, won the committee boat end and quickly proved the right hand side of the beat was the place to be; rounding the windward mark with a comfortable lead which wasn’t challenged.
A strong tide, holding the fleet off the line for the second race, enabled Darren Baker in Mad Cow to come in late at the committee boat end and lead to the windward mark, with Phobe close behind. The easterly breeze started to struggle as the day heated up and the second beat turned into a race to the finish line as the committee shortened the course. It was Ian Atkins in Boats.com which was to come through a difficult last beat to take the race, Baker finishing in third, after being pipped on the line by Philip Allen’s Boodoggle. Phoebe was to loose out heavily in the tricky conditions, sliding down to seventh.
For the third race the windward mark was brought a little closer and the line given plenty of port end bias. The breeze cooperated nicely, re-establihing itself with 8 knots from the east. Phobe won the pin end in style and the boats at that end made significant gains on the fleet during the short beat. After rounding the bottom mark most boats headed to the left side of the course. Mad Cow, finding herself in 17th spot, hit the right hand side and made significant gains with better pressure, and picked off ten boats in the process. Boats.com took the win, with Phoebe in second, these two were now heading the field overall.
A start line tangle between Boats.com and Mad Cow on the final race was to prove decisive in the overall placings. The individual recall flag went up, with Mad Cow electing to go back, leaving Boats.com to get into the leading bunch. Phoebe posted another consistent result, with Boats.com scoring an OCS.
With no racing on Sunday, all results were to count, and the Warsash Marine Championship went to Phoebe. With a very respectable 9,4,3,1 scoreline it was Chris Ducker in The Flying Duckman who took second ahead of James Gundy’s Delirious in third. Ducker made the trip down to Cowes from his base on Lake Windmere, with his lake sailing skills in the light breeze clearly demonstrated.
It was a good result too for Gundy, who hasn’t been on the scene in recent events, and as a Corinthian Club member carried the flag for the host club.
Janus Van Helfteren’s Fuji Film and Barry Langley’s Kick ‘em Jenny made the trip down from West Mersea and will be hoping for some local knowledge advantage when the fleet arrives at their home port for the Nationals in a few weeks time.
John Cooper and Marcus Salwell in Oi! were not to go home empty handed, winning the Best Dressed Crew prize. The criteria for selection seemed to be based more on matching outfits rather cat walk style!
This Saturday’s Round the Island will see 19 1720’s compete in the Sportsboat class in the last competitive outing before the National at the start of July. Entries for the West Mersea event are hoped to top 30 boats.
Despite the necessary cancellation of racing on Sunday, overall the fleet were very impressed with the way Willie Sanderson and his team tackled the conditions on Saturday. The Royal Corinthian has already extended a welcome to the fleet for next year.
|2||The Flying Duckman||Chris Ducker||9||4||3||1||17|
|4||Mad Cow||Darren Baker||5||3||7||9||24|
|6||G and T||David Greenhalgh/John Taylor||8||8||6||4||26|
|11||Oi!||John Cooper / Marcus Swalwell||13||9||5||16||43|
|12||Running Guns||John Evans||11||13||12||14||50|
|14||Team MMC||Dermot Crean||15||16||10||10||51|
|15||Kick 'em Jenny||Barry Langley||10||15||16||12||53|
|16||Fuji Film||Janus Van Helfteren||14||17||14||13||58|
|17||Hurricane Lenny||Virginia Philips/Bob Llewellin||17||12||15||15||59|
|18||Dilemma||Mike Tomkinson||DNF 19||18||DNF 19||DNC 19||75|