The final races in the Red Funnel Cowes Keelboats championship took place last weekend on The Solent
The final set of races in the Red Funnel Cowes Keelboats championship series was run by the Royal Thames Yacht Club on the Solent off Cowes last weekend.
On the Saturday competitors enjoyed close racing in excellent wind conditions once the sea breeze had settled and in the Etchells class Mahem sailed by Keith Tippell enjoyed two firsts along with Excalibur sailed by Paul Potenall in the Dragon class.
The competitive Daring class featured two different winners, Decanter in Race 1 and Dreamer in Race 2. The first race on Sunday was abandoned after the wind went 40 degrees right just as the Dragons, last away, were approaching their leeward mark. Principal race officer Malcolm McKeag, of the Royal Thames YC, said the change in wind direction had rendered the race on the original track fairly meaningless as a windward/ leeward race for all boats would have wasted 40 minutes on a procession with little or no hope of place changes.
Saturday, Race 1: Mayhem, 2 1039, 3 975
Race 2: 1 1039, 2 Mayhem, 3 773
Sunday, Race 1: 1 1039, 2 Mayhem. Race 2: 1 Mayhem, 2 1039
Saturday, Race 1: 1 Excalibur, 2 Stampede, 3 Jerboa IV
Race 2: 1 Excalibur, 2 Asa, 3 Caramba
Sunday: Race 1 (scored on rounding order at leeward mark, race abandoned): 1 Excalibur, 2 Caramba, 3 Apalala
Race 4: 1 Jerboa IV, 2 Caramba, 3 Stampede
Saturday, Race 1: 1 Decanter, 2 Dreamer, 3 Devius
Race 2: 1 Dreamer, 2 Double Knot, 3 Destroyer
Sunday: Race 1 (scored on rounding order at leeward mark, race abandoned due to wind change): 1 Dauntless, 2 Finesse, 3 Streak
Race 2: 1 Streak, 2 Decanter, 3 Dauntless