Lendy Cowes Week 2018 – Day 5
Today was Youth Day at Lendy Cowes week, with the spotlight shining on the numerous young sailors, teams and skippers at the event.
The first start was for the bigger yachts racing on the first day of the Triple Crown series for three of the sailing world’s most prestigious trophies.
They started on the inshore Royal Yacht Squadron line, heading towards the east under spinnaker. A number of boats, including Tony Langley’s TP52 Gladiator, and James Neville’s HH42 Ino XXX, held back from the line, hoisting spinnakers 30 seconds before the start.
Gladiator subsequently powered away to take line honours in the 24 mile race and won on corrected time, 75 seconds ahead of Peter Morton’s Fast40+ Girls on Film.
In IRC Class 3 the Dutch Max Fun 35 Team Heiner lll, skippered by Arianne van de Loosdrecht, had their best race of the regatta so far.
It was a performance that earned Team Heiner lll both the Landrover Under 25 Trophy and the Musto Young Skippers Trophy.
“It really was fantastic out there today we were able to put the heavy weather skills to the test. The boat is light so we were surfing down the back of the waves.”
Cruiser Division A was led by John Caulcutt’s Swan 65 Desperado but was slow to set and hoist her spinnaker, allowing Pete Newland’s much smaller First 40.7 Anticipation to keep pace with her.
In Cruiser Division B Chris Parker’s Solaris 44 Alcibiades lll won finishing with a 19-minute advantage on Gary Parker’s 39ft classic Tyche and third-placed Zenith.
The new Double-Handed IRC class, was won by Stephen Hopson’s JPK 1080 Blue Note.
The 100-strong Squib class started on the Royal Yacht Squadron for the fourth race of the class’s 50th National Championship.
Rico’shea won today’s race, ahead of Helmut Shoing ll, who recovered an incredible 80 places after tangling with a port tack boat 30 seconds before the gun.
The sailing inspired programmes run by Lendy Cowes Week’s official Charity, the 1851 Trust,have reached over 90,000 young people in the last year. They bring the innovation and excitement of the America’s Cup to young people in a way that challenges them to challenge themselves.
Anyone wanting to give more young people to the opportunity to grow through sailing can donate £10 by texting INSPIRE to 70660.