Werewolf wins Class 1 at the Vice Admiral's Cup at Cowes last weekend 3/10/06
The second Vice Admiral’s Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club off Cowes over the weekend 30 September and 1 October, has been declared a resounding success by all involved.
The event, which this year attracted 33 boats, is all about going back to basics and having fun so racing is predominantly level racing over short windward/leeward courses with lots of races plus an informal social bash on Saturday night enabling everyone to get together.
This year three classes participated. Class One, which was won by Jerry Otter’s Farr 45 Werewolf, comprised production boats in the 44-47ft size ranges and was made up of 10 Farr 45s and 2 DK46s.
The class level raced without handicap and the crews enjoyed some of their closest and most competitive racing of the season.
The next class was dedicated to the Beneteau 40.7s, who also elected to level race and used the event as their British National Championship with 11 boats competing.
Peter Robson and the Playing Around crew were declared 2006 Beneteau 40.7 British Champions.
The final class was for the Quarter Tonners who have seen a fantastic resurgence of interest in the past 2 seasons. The ten competing Quarter Tonners raced under IRC to allow for the disparities in age/speed and regatta organiser Louise Morton and her Super Q team were delighted to win the class.
It was a predominantly windy regatta and with four races run on the first day and the crews definitely felt they’d had their money’s worth by the time they got to the bar for Saturday evening’s club supper.
The wind blew from the south all weekend and ranged from the mid teens to well over 30 knots making for challenging conditions. Sunday was definitely the windier of the two days and with gusts over 30 knots Race Officer Willie Sanderson wisely decided not to start the Quarter Tonners although over on the other course Bob Milner and his team were able to get a fifth race in for Class One and the Beneteau 40.7s.