The competition in the 51-year-old Swallow fleet at Cowes is red hot!
The 13-boat Swallow class may not be the largest fleet on the start line at Cowes Week but the competition in the 51 year-old Swallow class is red hot with a different winner every day at the midweek stage.
Echo kicked off the week by winning the first race on Saturday closely followed by Migrant with Boomerang close on her heels. Following Saturday evening’s festivities at the annual Swallow party, held at the Villa Rothsay Hotel, the bleary-eyed fleet made its way to the start line for another exciting race on the Solent. Migrant, with some unfinished business from the previous day, sailed a cracking race to take first place from Boomerang with Darter a few seconds behind in third.With a taste of the good life in the top three the previous day, Darter took a race win on the Monday with the consistent Boomerang trailing in her wake.
While there are only two active racing fleets in the UK – Itchenor and Aldeburgh – the Swallow, which was designed as the Olympic keelboat for the 1948 Olympics, is seeing resurgence of activity with Ian Porter the class builder. Although the class was originally designed to be built in wood, most of the boats now are built of glassfibre.
For full results, click on Cowes Week Results in the sailpower.com results section.