The RSYC at Cowes

The Club was well represented at Lendy Cowes, both on the water and ashore. On each day of the 2018 Regatta the Club had between 14 and 18 volunteer Race Officers on the water drawn from a total team of 25, the largest of any of the nine participating clubs.

Some were at the event for the first time, others, such as Chair of Guardians, Jan Cox have been attending for in excess of 30 years.

As well as the Club’s strong representation on the water, Club members were also in senior roles on-shore: For a second year, Peter Bateson was Principal Race Officer in overall charge of all racing for the first five days; and, for a third year, former Rear Commodore Sailing, Bob Trimble headed up the Regatta’s course setting team.

On the water Club member Eric Williams who sails a Dragon called Ecstatic achieved 3 x 1sts; 2 x 2nds; 2 x 3rds and discarded a 5th place - thereby winning 1st Overall for the Dragon Class at the regatta.

Spectacular performance by yachtsman Tony Langley and his team on Gladiator (TP52) won his team the Club’s two most coveted trophies, the Queens Cup and the Armitage Challenge Cup.

He started the week well, clinching the Armitage trophy, presented at the Royal Yacht Squadron by young sailor Jake Mitchener, one of the Romsey Young Carers learning to sail under a programme established by the RSYC Trust. Jake was accompanied by the Commodore, Tony Knight.

Then on Wednesday, Tony Langley and team on Gladiator (TP52) won the opening day of racing in the Triple Crown Series for the Queen’s Cup .

This stunning crown-topped, lidded trophy was presented to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club by Queen Victoria in 1897 and was first won by Latana, a 165 ton yawl. In 1960 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth gave her gracious consent for the Queen’s Cup Race to be re-instituted as part of Cowes Week and has continued to be raced for ever since. 

Competitors in the week’s racing included Nicky and Tim Octon sailing NJO Sails were 6th overall in Class 4 IRC ; Ed Holton sailing Shades of Blue was 11th overall in Class 5 IRC; Janet, Lionel and David Miller sailing White Heather only sailed on the final Saturday but achieved a 3rd place in Cruiser (Div C).