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Cowes Etchells Fleet Ice Bucket Regatta

by Rob Goddard 28 Oct 16:26 GMT 24-25 October 2020
Cowes Etchells Fleet Ice Bucket Regatta © Rob Goddard

Weather forecast and travel restrictions took a toll on the weekend's racing with Saturday's racing cancelled, and with just 6 of the original 12 hopefuls making it to the start line on Sunday.

PRO Andrew Millband and his fellow volunteers from Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, started the fleet close to the Hill Head shore under a predominately south westerly breeze. Ante Razmilovic's Swedish Blue led the 4 starters who chose left on a long starboard tack. Paul Ward's Man's Best Friend and Jon Warrick's Audrey sailed hard right. After favourable shifts, the left had the upper hand arriving first at the top mark with Swedish Blue leading comfortably, and Man's Best Friend well back in 5th.

On the run, Swedish Blue still in the lead took the right hand gate when the wind shifted right causing the chasing pack to gybe onto port but still taking the right hand gate. Only Man's Best Friend remained on port sailing to the left and shot from near last into 3rd.The leaders, Swedish Blue and Shaun Frohlich's Exabyte, tacked onto port, sailing into the shift, while the followers were now rounding the right gate couldn't easily get to the right hander leaving Swedish Blue and Exabyte 1st and 2nd place at the finish, followed by Man's Best Friend.

As the Committee tried to reset the line in the strengthening right hander, a rain squall hit the fleet, appropriately bringing hail fir this the The Ice Bucket regatta. Andrew Millband and his team struggled to get a reasonable start line for race 2 with these shifty winds but got the Fleet away with Ziggy, sailed by the weekend's sole Youth Team helmed by Adele Young arriving first at the top mark ahead of Audrey. A slow kite hoist from Ziggy handed Audrey the lead, followed by a wide leeward mark letting in Swedish Blue into second place.As in Race 1, Man's Best Friend took the left gate capitalising on another wind shift and extra pressure on the right to finish second behind the winner, Audrey.

Based on the two races so far, Paul Ward and team showed a liking for the right whenever the breeze was up, and choose pre-start to tack onto port, dip the fleet, and sailed out to the right. This decision paid handsomely as he led the race from start to finish. China White had followed them out to the right, while the rest of the teams headed left. After the top mark rounding unfortunately, wind and waves were against China White, and they lost their second place to Audrey. On the second lap, Swedish Blue, who had been leading the regatta until this race fought from 4th to arrive at the top mark just behind Audrey, but their slicker crew work meant that they could immediately gybe onto Audrey's breeze, which, by the bottom mark, turned into a luffing match, giving Swedish Blue inside overlap. After a smooth mark rounding, Razmilovic pulled ahead of Audrey, and for the final beat to the finish, by defending their position, Swedish Blue pushed Audrey back to 4th allowing Exabyte through into 3rd.

So the results were in: Man's Best Friend and Swedish Blue tied on 6 points, but Man's Best Friend (Paul Ward, Ben Saxton, Paul Childs) declared winner on the count back rule. Exabyte (Shaun Frohlich, David Bedford and James Anderson) 3rd and Audrey (Jon Warwick, Will Bedford (helm), Fraser Woodley, and Hanna Hunt) in 4th overall and first Corinthian team.

After racing, the Fleet celebrated, in a socially distanced manner, with a chocolate cake celebrating Solent legend David Bedford's birthday.

There's more racing to come for the Cowes Etchells Fleet before Xmas: for updates as and when see Cowes Etchells Facebook page and etchellsukfleet.co.uk

Overall Results:

PosSail NoYacht NameSkipper/CrewR1R2R3Pts
1  GBR 1460Man's Best FriendPaul Ward / Ben Saxton / Paul Childs3216
2  GBR 1333Swedish BlueAnte Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Andrew Mills1326
3  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / David Bedford / James Anderson2439
4  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick / Will Bedford / Fraser Woodley / Hannah Hunt51410
5  GBR 1417China WightNicholas Stagg / Simon Spraggs / Matt Reid46515
6  GBR 1271Ziggy (Corinthian)Rebecca Coles / Adele Young (helm) / Thomas Collyer / Jamie Harris65617

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