Perfect conditions for day 2 of classic regatta

The second day of the 2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta in Cowes dawned sunny but windless, resulting in a postponement of the start of the Ladies Race. Given the long day on the water yesterday, most crews were appreciative of the extra time for a leisurely breakfast and a little more sleep. The more active competitors headed for the RCYC to find out the results of the previous day’s Round the Island race. Yesterday’s course was split into two races – from the start to St Catherine’s Point and another from St Catherine’s to the finish off the RCYC line.

In the hotly contested Class Zero, after much discussion about who had and who had not sailed the correct course, victory in Race 1a was awarded to Mariette with Tuiga taking second and The Lady Anne in third. The second part of the race was won by Tuiga followed by The Lady Anne and Mariquita.

In Class Two, despite being first home of all the fleets on the water, Guy Ribadeau Dumas’s 12 Metre Wings had to settle for second place in Race 1a behind David Murrin’s Cetewayo. Clive Emerson’s Lutine took third in both legs and The Earl of Cork and Orrery & D Glasgow’s Athena took second in Race 1b.

The Class Three winner for Race 1a was David Messum’s Josephine ahead of Charm of Rhu owned by Martin Thomas with C van Rijckevorsel’s Sensa taking third.

Class Four Race 1a was won by Roger Dann on Leonie with Lance Rowell’s Dorothy in second and Alan Stannah’s Sally of Kames third. Dorothy stepped up a gear to win race 1b ahead of Chris & Liz Day’s Thendara second and Kees van der Klugt’s Tiger C third.

Results of the Ladies Race:

Class Two:
1st Cetewayo
2nd Ilderim
3rd Quiver V

Class Three:
1st Clarion of Wight
2nd Charm of Rhu
3rd Sensa

Class Four:
1st Sinbad of Abersoch
2nd Sally of Kames
3rd Leonie

Racing continues for all fleets today when Classes Two, Three and Four will start at 1000 and sail two races. Class Zero boats are scheduled for one race starting at 1200 from the Royal Yacht Squadron line.

Photo: Nicky Aigner