GB2The multi talented “Aimee” crew of Dillan, Libby, Julia, Cags & Graham Bailey in Cowes.

The 3rd Corinthian Cup was concluded in Cowes on Friday in glorious sunshine and a building south-westerly breeze. This year it was the Husband and Wife team of Graham & Julia Bailey sailing their newly acquired “Aimee” who took the title. Sailing with a variety of crew throughout the week, Graham convincingly took the championship winning 4 out of the 5 races.

GB1King of Cowes Graham Bailey, is the 2016 Corinthian Champion, helming GBR 782.

In 2nd place overall was GBR 763 “Bertie” helmed by Simon Barter, crewed by his Son James & Donald Wilks. Simon and his team had a really good understanding of the tides and wind patterns that are “unique” to the Solent waters.

GB4Runners Up GBR 763 “Bertie”, Donald, Simon & James at Prize Giving with Francesca Morgan.

In 3rd place overall, was GBR 704 “Ganador” helmed by Martin Makey from Burnham-on-Crouch, crewed by the BDA Chairman Tim Wilkes and his wife Teresa. This team won the 2nd race of the competition in style when they made full use of the strong flood tide to open up a commanding lead.

GB33rd Overall & race 2 winners, Tim & Teresa Wilkes with helm Martin Makey on “Ganador”.

This was a very well organised event hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club, as part of Cowes Week. The conditions were excellent and all the Corinthian Teams enjoyed the variety of skilfully set courses that used the full spectrum of the middle Solent.

In closing Solent Fleet Captain, Oliver Morgan, thanked the R.L.Y.C. for their organisation of this “important” Dragon event and hopes that the Corinthian Cup will continue on in 2017. The 2015 Cup was held in France followed by the 2016 Cup in Germany, which country will now take up the “baton” and host it next year ?

Higher, Faster, Longer…..    Stavros.