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Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week Final Day

Overall winner of the Charles Stanley 1792 Cup at Cowes Classics Week was Swallow sailor Mike Wignore and crew of Gwaihir from Itchenor.Charles Stanley 1792 Cup winners, Swallow sailor Mike Wignore and crew of Gwaihir -

The Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week wrapped up Friday with three days of racing out of a potential five when a second day of racing had to be cancelled due to wind in the Solent pushing toward 30 knots.

Luckily enough races had been completed to fulfil the series across all the classes. Winner of the largest class, the X One Designs, was 19-year old Max Crowe.

Another well-earned victory went to Andrew Milliband in Flying Fifteen Fifty Fifty. This year is the 70th anniversary of the fleet and the occasion attracted sixteen of the boats including one crew from South Africa sailing Durban Flyer.

Another clutch of historic yachts emerging in mint condition are the Vintage Dragons. For his efforts in seeking out the old boats worthy of renovation, and for his long history with the Dragon class, Tim Street was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tim has been instrumental in promoting and encouraging sailing in several classic classes. “We are still finding Dragons to restore, including one recently found in a barn in the New Forest,” said Tim.

Tim first helmed a Salcombe Pram dinghy in 1946 and went on the win countless Dragon titles. His two sons and grandson continue the Dragon sailing tradition – son Rupert raced Tschuss to second place at the classsic week. He was pipped from first place by Matthew Lingley’s Kestrel.

8-metre Helen carves her way through the Daring Fleet - Click image for a larger image

There were plenty of winners across the fleets, picking up a large collection of historic silverware.

Murdoch McKillop’s Saskia was the winning yacht amongst the four majestic 8-metres that competed while John Corby took first place in the Daring Class, also claiming the Metre Regatta Trophy.

Racing on the same circuit were the Solent Sunbeams, won by Martin Jones in Betty. Of the eight Bembridge One Designs, BOD8, sailed by James Rowe emerged victorious.

The mixed fleets of Classic Cruisers saw wins for S&S 43 Firebrand, built in 1964 in ‘Red 1’ class and Lawrence Wride’s 1967-built Sunmaid V in ‘Red 2’.

Mike Harrison’s 1965 Contessa 26 Jiminy Cricket won Blue while Richard Hargreaves’ 47 year old Twister Sea Urchin took victory in Green. Claire Locke, helming her Folkboat The Otter, was the winner of her class.

A special seamanship award was presented to Doctor Steph Brown, who was crewing on Flying Fifteen Fram Freyr, holding on to second position in the race, when she witnessed a nearby collision between a Dragon and Flying Fifteen.

Giving up her place in the race she went to the aid of a concussed crew who was subsequently taken to hospital and given 24 stitches in his head.

Next year’s Cowes Classics Week will be held from 23-27 July 2018.