The irony that the tail end of Hurricane Bertha arrived immediately after the last day of racing was cancelled due to lack of wind, has not been lost, but it also did not deter the enjoyment of those who participated.
Cowes typically welcomed its visitors with stunning on shore views of all the racing, live music, street performers and food and beverages from every corner of the globe. The grand finale on Friday night (despite torrential rain which persisted throughout the festivities), treated the crowds to incredible aeronautical displays - including the bone shaking stealth and acrobatics of an RAF Typhoon, which was followed by the indisputably awesome Red Arrows and of course, the world famous firework display. For the entire week, Cowes literally buzzed with the kind of exciting racing and entertainment which brought a steady stream of revellers who were not shy of loudly celebrating all day (and all night for those of us staying anywhere near the High Street or marinas!).
The regatta saw an extremely impressive number of Beneteaus taking part which included one of the First 40.7’s taking first prize for Class 1. Of the ten First 40’s in Class 2, we are very proud to report that Tony Reeve from our Cowes office was on board Minx 3 who came 3rd amongst the Firsts and even more impressively, 4th overall in the IRC Class 2. A fantastic achievement and well done to all her crew.
Sam Pearson our Race Boat Manager, and Nick Griffith our MD, sailed on a Farr 45 and gained a very respectable 7th place in Class 0, while Nick Ryley and his crew on Zarafa, a HOD 35, came in 4th in IRC Class 4, a tremendous result and well done to all of the teams involved.