Windy Fast Furious Cowes Race Week
For many of the hundreds of sailors that participated in the 2019 edition of Lendy Cowes Race Week, it was one of the windiest on record, with many days in the 18-24 kts end of the range. For a few dozen J/Teams, the tough, demanding conditions made for some of the most exhilarating sailing experiences of the summer season.
In the IRC 2 Class, J/Teams took four of the top five. Three J/111s were 2-3-4; Tony Mack’s McFLY, Hans Zwijnenburg & Martijn Worseling’s SWEENY from The Netherlands, and Chris Jones & Louise Makin’s JOURNEYMAKER II. Fifth place went to Chris Daniel’s J/122 JUNO.
In a similar fashion, J/112E’s dominated IRC 4 Class. Winning was David Franks’ LEON, followed by B Huber’s XANABOO in second, Marie Claude Heys’ DAVANTI TYRES in fourth, and Team Knight Build’s HAPPY DAIZE in fifth position.J/99 sailing Cowes WeekIn IRC 5A Class, it was James & John Owen’s J/99 JET that took fourth place. Then, in IRC 5B Class, it was the J/92s that led a clean sweep; winning was David Greenhalgh’s family on J’RONIMO, second was the NIGHTJAR trio (Banks, Overstall, & Searle), and third was Andy Knowles & Alan Macleod’s SAMURAI J. Two J/97s ended up 6th and 7th, Bob & Jon Baker’s JAYWALKER and Nick & Adam Munday’s INDULJENCE.
While Tilly Harrison’s crew on SORCHA J won the J/70 Mini-Series, it was Paul Ward’s EAT SLEEP J REPEAT that took the J/70 class win for the week. Yet another woman skipper took the silver- Katie Davies along with her crew of Isabel Davies, Rhos Hawes, and Martin Wrigley on AURORA. Third was RTYC 5 team skippered by Stephen O’Driscoll. J/70 women's sailing teamIn the J/92 Class, it was NIGHTJAR winning over J’RONIMO in second and SAMURAI J in third. Fourth was Rob Salter’s JACKDAW and fifth Brian Malone’s BLUE DIAMOND DODJER.
The J/109 class was won by woman helm Caroline van Beelen on JACK RABBIT from the Netherlands. Second was Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE and third was Chris & Victoria Preston’s JUBILEE.
The J/80 class was won by Malcolm Thorpe’s KING LOUIE, second was Puddifoot family’s JIBBA JIBBA, and third was Alastair Ley’s JACKAROO from the Royal Naval Sailing Association. For more LENDY Cowes Week sailing information