British Classic Week is about more than just the racing. With boats ranging in age from just a few months old to some 126 years young, Cowes Yacht Haven is awash with glimmering varnish and glinting brass work, and the sailors love nothing better than to wander the docks comparing boats, swapping advice and information and generally talking classic boats.
With up to 25 knots blowing from the west-south-west, day two of the 2012 Panerai British Classic Regatta brought fast-paced action and more than a few thrills and spills with the consensus being that everyone had enjoyed a fantastic day’s racing.
Fortunately the weather forecasters got it wrong for the Solent again today and the anticipated rain held off once more allowing the Panerai British Classic Regatta fleet to enjoy One Sails Race Day.
The 2012 edition of the Panerai British Classic Regatta, organised by the British Classic Yacht Club, got underway in spectacular style off Cowes with a massed fleet start for the Around The Isle of Wight Race, which is raced clockwise around the Island, honouring the course used for the original America’s Cup in 1851.
The post-J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race atmosphere in the sunny town of Cowes today is mainly one of relief and immense pleasure after competitors enjoyed a challenging, lively and memorable day of racing yesterday, organised and run by the Island Sailing Club.
As the 81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race draws to a close, class winners are starting to emerge. First across the line at 10.19.57 this morning
The 81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is all set to be a stunner with the forecast looking lively but not unduly worrying, for the 1,647 entries taking part in the 50 nautical mile race heading west from the Royal Yacht Squadron line this Saturday (30 June).
The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has welcomed the announcement this afternoon that the 3p per litre petrol price increase planned for August will not now go ahead and that fuel duty will be frozen for the rest of the year.