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Panerai British Classic Week at Cowes

The final day of racing at Panerai British Classic Week could not have been more exciting as the podium positions for all classes were decided. The results went down to count back in two of the five classes. In Class 1 once the discard was taken into account Flight and Soufriere both ended the day on nine points. Soufriere had four wins to her name compared with Flight of Ufford’s two, making Soufriere the overall winner with Flight second and Chloe third.

Class 4 also came down to an extremely close finish on the water and a count back overall. This time the count back decision went to Michael Briggs’ Mikado from Jonathan and Scilla Dyke’s Cereste. Third place overall went to Danegeld.

In Class 2 Esben Poulsson and Ed Dubois’ Firebrand took her third race win of the week, giving Firebrand overall victory in Class 2 by a three-point margin from Opposition, with Cetewayo third by just a single point.

Going into today’s race Christine and Giovanni Belgrano’s Whooper had already secured the top step of the podium in Class 3. Andy King’s Gluckauf finished third which meant that overall it was Gluckauf second and Rob Gray’s Clarionet third.

The 8 Metre result also hung in the balance. In race seven victory went to Christopher Courage’s Helen with Murdoch McKillop’s Saskia second and David Myatt’s Erica third. Overall Saskia won the 8 Metre Class by two points with Helen second and Athena third by a single point.

Each of the individual Class winners received not only their trophies but also a Panerai Plate. And finally and most importantly of all the Panerai British Classic Week Overall Trophy for the best performing yacht in the three combined fleet races (races, 2, 4 and 6), was presented to Christine and Giovanni Belgrano’s Whooper, a 1939 Laurent Giles one off sloop.

Giovanni and Christine invited their entire crew to the stage to share in the adulation of their fellow sailors and to receive their prizes, which included not only the trophy but also a Panerai Instrument.

Full results and further information about Panerai British Classic Week can be found at the regatta website www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta.