Sailing stars and youngsters fight it out in RS Vision Dingies

On a glorious evening the megastars of sailing took to the water off Cowes Parade in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Trust. Six of Britain’s top sailors including Athens Olympic 470 silver medallists Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, Laser Olympian Paul Goodison and Beijing 2008 Olympic hopefuls Saskia Clark, Christina Bassadone, Steve Mitchell were in pursuit of the prestigious ‘Stars of Sailing’ title against their fellow Skandia Team GBR team-mates. All were helped by the winners of the ‘Stars of Sailing’ competition. Children aged 8 to 18 entered local competitions for a chance to sail with a Team GBR sailor and visit Skandia Cowes Week.

Nick Rogers & Rebekah Fairhurst aged 16 from Bolton, Lancs
Joe Glanfield & Jack Clarke aged 9 from Kirton Lindsey, Lincolnshire
Paul Goodison & Georgia Drury 11 from Rochester, Kent
Steve Mitchell & Jack Cubitt 11 from Watford
Christina Bassadone & Laura Dutton aged 10 from Nottingham
Saskia Clarke & Sally Harrison aged 15 from Cowes

1st Paul Goodison & Georgia Drury
2nd Joe Glanfield & Jack Clarke
3rd Steve Mitchell & Jack Cubitt
Joint 4th Christina Bassadone & Laura Dutton / Saskia Clarke & Sally Harrison
5th Nick Rogers & Rebekah Fairhurst

Race one was dominated by Steve Mitchell & Jack Cubitt, and race two was won by Paul Goodison & Georgia Drury. The prize giving was held at the the Skandia Tent where all the prize winners were handed at momento by Dame Ellen MacArthur. Winner Georgia Drury received a back pack from Henri Lloyd as well as a framed pictured signed by all the Skandia GBR star sailors