The debut class is due to demo tonight at Skandia Life Cowes Week, subject to the wind holding.

The RS K6 is making its debut as a Skandia Life Cowes Week fleet this year with an encouraging entry of 15 boats. To mark the occasion, the class association has organised a special demonstration event after today’s main racing.

This two/three man, 5.80m keelboat, designed by Paul Handley and Paul Young, was launched last year and has already made a big impact on the racing scene with a growing, well-supported open meeting circuit including a trip to Scotland to compete in the Scottish Series in Tarbert earlier in the year. The class is also preparing for its second national championship.

Today’s event will be held just of the Royal Yacht Squadron line, with short windward/leeward legs to ensure the racing is as close an action-packed as possible. It was originally due to run yesterday but lack of wind meant a postponement; a building breeze promises better omens for this evening’s re-run.

As far as the actual race standings go, Fat Face (Martin Wadhams) and Pippi (Peter Kirby) are both on nine points and have a six point margin over third-placed Kalamity (Richard Sullivan).