2 August 2015: Household Division YC Regatta Cowes on 1 August 2015
Published 14:23 on 2 Aug 2015
This year the Household Division regatta reverted to its normal date on the Saturday before Cowes Week. It is open to racing day boats from all Solent and adjacent Clubs and several Itchenor boats and sailors enjoyed a 2 hour race in sparkling conditions with a force 4 gusting 5 WSW wind. The Classic Week boats that went home on Friday missed a treat.
The race was run from the Royal London YC using their shore line to start and finish. I doubt whether any of the competitors will again race with the wonderful sight of a three-masted barque as the outer distance mark. With a 4 knot spring ebb tide pushing us up to the starting line it was a challenge to stay well clear of the bowsprit pointing straight at us and probably as long as our little boats.
After the metre boats, Dragons and Etchells, the XOD Class headed off towards Quinnell on the mainland shore. Unfortunately few if any of them had seen charging up the eastern Solent a huge cargo vessel which then turned north into Southampton Water right in front of the fleet. Those on the starboard side of the course lost out as they had furthest to go to sail behind the ship. X91, Astralita, established a clear lead on the long run back to South Ryde Middle against the ebb and won the Welsh Guards Trophy.
X91: Michael Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey.
The Swallows followed (sadly no Sunbeams). Quinnell was laid without a tack where S67 Solitude, in her enthusiasm to hoist her spinnaker, misjudged her exit from the mark and duly took her turn penalty for hitting it. S86 Migrant gratefully accepted this gift and the fleet set off on the 30 minute (maybe longer) run with intermittent surfing in the gusts. Towards the end of the run Solitude had closed the gap until Migrant caught a gust and in 30 seconds had opened up a hundred metre lead. With the benefit of a favourable shift on the next beat, the lead became 200 metres and that ensured the Third Guards Trophy went to Migrant.
S86: Richard and Carol Thompson and Nigel Glennie
Image shows Carol with Third Guards Trophy
Last updated 15:22 on 23 September 2020