_3XS9717Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, Mark Hart and Tim Tavinor win a fantastic Cowes Week.

Over the last 8 days the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Combined Yacht Clubs of Cowes on the Isle of Wight organised an exciting Cowes Week, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management. With superb races every day apart from Thursday and Friday (cancelled due to lack of wind), Gavia and her team led overall from start to finish.

2014-08-08 18.59.40 (320x180)                       Tim Tavinor, Gavia and Mark Hart at the Royal Yacht Squadron.

The “Solent” is the most challenging water in the world to master, with a massive tide that changes hourly, regular ferries, random shipping, ever changing winds and over 1500 boats of various classes all racing hard !!

With daily starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, that see hundred’s of spectators shudder to the noise of the loud cannons and wipe their eyes clear of the blinding smoke, races take place around a variety of yearly laid “fixed” marks. So that superb navigation and sublime tactics also add to the overall skills required by any winning team.

2014-08-08 18.49.45 (320x180)           Donal Small and Martin Payne (3 race winners), with Colonel Tony Singer RYS.

2nd overall was the current Edinburgh Cup Winner Graham Bailey and 3rd Eric Williams, who knows the Solent like the back of his hand… full results and daily updates can be seen on the Aberdeen Management Cowes Week, web site..

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Graham Bailey (2nd), Gavia Wilkinson-Cox (1st) and Eric Williams (3rd)

Many congratulations to Gavia, Mark and Tim, great sailing…

Higher, Faster, Longer…………..    Stavros.  (GBR 585).