The new world record set during Cowes Week by Michel Desjoyeaux’s Foncia in the Artemis Challenge 2012, has now been officially ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
Cowes Week this year saw race prizes awarded at daily presentations. However for the more prestigious Race Trophies such as the Britannia Cup these have to be awarded at a special ceremony on the Friday evening in the Royal Yacht Squadron.
After a week of predominately moderate to fresh winds, competitors were tested by lighter airs today at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Today’s races rounded off a week of lively competition that saw both long-standing Cowes Week stalwarts and a new generation of talented young sailors enjoying racing at its best.
The Official Mount Gay Rum’s Red Cap Party took place on Thursday at Shepard’s Wharf, Cowes.
A freelance photographer, was thrown into the sea today when his 16 foot RIB was in collision with a large yacht off Newtown, and eventually brought into Cowes by the local RNLI lifeboat.
Racing concluded today for four White Group dayboat classes – SB20, J/80, RS Elite and Victory. The first leg was a tight spinnaker reach for most classes, with the most enthusiastic competitors hoisting as early as possible. However, only the best sailors were able to get them filling in the disturbed air on the start line and for some it was initially more of a hindrance than a benefit.
The Duke of Edinburgh carried out a variety of engagements on the Isle of Wight this week, during the annual Cowes Week sailing regatta.