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International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Race 2023 at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Cameron Tweedle 3 Aug 18:07 BST 19 July 2023
International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Race at Itchenor © Ian Roman /

The legendary Price of Wales Cup, first raced in 1927 has had its fair share of memorable races. Every sailor in the fleet has a story from an iconic P.O.W of the past and it's safe to say the 2023 iteration of the race lived up to the high standards.

The unusually long nature of the P.O.W race brings a different set of challenges to what the I14 fleet usually faces; with an approximately 2.5 nautical mile course and six laps it's fair to say this race is more of a marathon compared to any other dinghy race.

Pre-race tensions are high, as the crews battle through any nerves they have and go through their pre start routine. The race course was was located in Bracklesham Bay and as the starting gun sounded the fleet got off the line in what was a light 7-10 knots and a relatively flat sea state.

The fleet split with the leaders at the windward mark coming in from the right hand side of the course. Tightly packed, the fleet headed down wind with every position being fought hard for.

As the fleet rounded the leeward mark to finish the first lap, an increase in wind came, allowing both helm and crew to fully extend themselves upwind; from this point on both the wind and sea state continued to build and didn't show any signs of letting off!

With the increase in the size of the waves and the wind, the I14's came alive as the sailors fought hard to keep the boats upright. In these testing conditions, Andy Shaw & Rob Struckett dramatically pitchpoled on the second lap, ripping their bulkhead and taking them out the race - a devastating blow to a team who have consistently been pushing for wins.

Halfway through the race four teams made up of Douglas Pattison & Mark Tait, Glenn Truswell & Ed Fitzgerald, Archie Massey & Harvey Hillary, and Martin Jones & Harry Kennedy broke away from the rest of the fleet as they began a four-way battle for the title.

With tight racing everywhere in the fleet, conditions really started to push the boats and their crews to the limits. Entering the second half of the race both Archie & Harvey and Douglas & Mark pitchpoled and capsized allowing Glenn & Ed to extend their lead, but by no means did this mean they could let off. With quick recoveries the top three were racing again with second and third place ready to pounce on any mistake made by the lead boat.

By this point conditions had grown to truly epic states. With a lot of the fleet focusing on getting round the course, the lead pack continued to extended, pushing the boats as hard as they could and on the fifth lap the race was shortened. Glen & Ed expertly stormed down the final leg to take the win, amazingly making it three P.O.W titles in a row! Following them came Archie & Harvey and then Douglas & Mark, a podium which really displayed incredible skill in how fast they got round the course but also such perseverance to continue pushing so hard the whole way round.

Further down the pack Katie Nurton & Cameron Tweedle began to reel in Martin & Harry, over taking them in a dramatic final lap, positions in which they finished in rounding off the top five.

A huge congratulations to our 2023 Winners but also to the whole fleet. Racing high performance skiffs in the conditions presented is both tough mentally and physically, the whole fleet displayed skill and style as they battle round the course.

The International 14 class put on a great performance on the water but also off the water, as the fleet relived the race talking and laughing together as the class put on a cocktail evening. With such quality on display and great camaraderie with one another the class moto seems to still ring true, "imitations come and go but 14's are forever".

Held as part of Handelsbanken Prince Of Wales Cup Week, 15th - 21st July 2023

Results for the single race championship title:

PosBoat NameSailNo.HelmCrewR4
1stScrumpet1553Edward FitzGeraldGlen Truswell1
2ndZog1565Archie MasseyHarvey Hillary2
3rdMarilyn1561Douglas PattisonMark Tait3
4thAmazing Maisie1557Katie NurtonCameron Tweedle4
5thSynchronicity1567Martin JonesHarry Kennedy5
6thSmash it1530Alex KnightJames Clark6
7thDragon1558Robin PascalMartin Pascal7
8thCushie Butterfield1522Adam OvingtonStuart Keegan8
9thBooby1570George YeomanJack Yeoman9
10thLa Dolce Vita625Lauren LaventureJason Lemieux10
11thTartan Fraulein1523Kimball MorrisonTorquil Morrison11
12thGeorge 1st1519Oliver SloperNick Blevins12
13thEagle 21531Andrew PenmanChris Watson13
14thBlue Beast1548Julian PearsonCam Mitchell14
15thBlue Fire1527Philip McDanellLuke Boughton15
16thHonk!!1484Josh KerrAli Kent16
17thWindshear1571Julien AntierBoris Fritsch17
18th 624Greg LoffreeSam Bonin18
19thHell‑Bent623Peter HaywardSelena GomezRET
19thKatana1539Kit GloverKristian ArensRET
19thMagma1552Richard MorrellOliver MorrellDNS
19thThink Pink1566Philip GladmanNatasha GladmanRET
19thHiccup1520Rob HigginsTheo GalyerRET
19thPamela1544James CunnisonKatja HeinRET
19thGeorgy Girl1547Dominic Van EssenSimona SaccaniRET
19thBubble1569Andy ShawRobert StruckettRET
19thChimera1572Peter BromleyIan LodderRET
19thRainmaker1573Peter CrockfordNick PrinceRET
19thUpton Brown 141574Mark Upton‑BrownEd DyerRET
19thSeeking Pink1575Andy FitzGeraldJosh BonifaceDNS
19thPat Clifton1568Liam StacpooleWayne BarnicoatRET

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