Latest update from golden girl Helen Lucas (obviously I’m supporting her #roadtorio!)

Sorry it’s been a while since an update.  It’s been a busy period with lots of development going on, so it was great to go out to Finland for the 2.4mR Worlds and go racing, although I was not allowed to use any of the new kit.  Unfortunately Ian my coach could not be with me as he was in Rio coaching at the test event, but it did mean that Steve my husband could come and support me both on and off the water

It was an amazing fleet of 104 boats, biggest fleet I think I have ever raced in, certainly with everyone all on the same start line!

I love the the 2.4mR Worlds as it’s when everyone comes together to race each other, able bodied, disabled, young and the more mature, female and male.  It’s when the 2.4mR shows what a brilliant class of boat it is that we can all compete on an even playing field. This year saw an amazing fleet of 104 boats, biggest fleet I think I have ever raced in, certainly with everyone all on the same start line!

It was really tricky racing with some long days on the water.  The race committee had a choice of two race courses, the better and bigger one being at least an hour sail or more from the club, so they opted for the smaller closer one, which made for some compact starts and first beats.

My results were rather mixed posting four 2nds and a 5th, but then having some rather poor results in the early twenties when I got caught up on the start line with other boats and struggled to pull through the fleet on such a small course.  With such a big fleet and tight racing the start was everything as there were no clear lanes if you got it wrong.

Going into the last race I still had a chance to get onto the podium, only 4 points off Heiko in 3rd, but it was a whacky first beat with the wind dying and not helped by Heiko having a great last race and finishing 2nd.

So I ended up 5th overall, certainly not a bad result, but I always like to be be on the podium.
Stellan Berlin once again demonstrated his dominance in the class convincingly winning another World Championships, I have lost count how many he has now won!

Olympian Helena Lucas MBE.

Olympian Helena Lucas MBE.

The great thing was there were 6 Paralympic sailors in the top 10! With Bjørnar from Norway having an amazing consistent regatta to finish 2nd and Heiko from Germany 3rd.  The next Paralympic sailor being myself in 5th.

So I have had a week at home sorting out dead pigeons and maggots in the loft and generally getting back on top of things and before heading out to Rio in September for training. Before I go though, I am taking part in part of the Deloitte ride with Selwyn Cooper from Volvo.  It’s a ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, we are doing the stage from Okehampton to Bath, just a mere 110 miles with 6,532 ft of climbing.  Should keep me quite on the flight to Rio!

Best Wishes


An insightful Q&A with the Mini Transat 2015 British solo sailor Lizzy Foreman (25) as she prepares for the biggest race of her life!

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The Route

Douarnenez (Brittany, France) > Lanzarote (Canaries) > Guadeloupe (Caribbean)

Dates of each leg

Prologue: Douarnenez: 13th September (sponsors invited)

Start: 19th September, 1300 hr (French time)

1st arrival in the Canaries (Lanzarote): 27th September

Depart the Canaries (Lanzarote): 31st October, 1200 hr (local time)

Estimated finish in Guadeloupe: 14th November (for the prototypes, the faster boats).

Miles (nm)

Leg 1: 1250 nm

Leg 2: 2770 nm

Total: 4020 nm


British hopefuls?

I am the only British sailor and the only woman racing in the Production Class.

How many are there in your class?


How many classes do the Race?

The entry limit is 84 boats, split between the Production (Series) and Prototypes.

Series are ‘one-design’, Prototypes are more one-offs.

Is it predominantly French (so it makes you a special focus to be racing and ranked amongst these racers?)

Yes it is mostly French – 17 so far in my class but also a few from Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium.

Why do you choose to sail solo?

For the adventure, the challenge, the freedom… racing solo is very different to fully crewed sailing. You have nobody to blame, nobody to argue or discuss with, nobody to do the cooking for you… yes, it can be lonely, but this makes the lead up and finish to races very special. Classe Mini is renowned for being a friendly and supportive class – in no other type of racing have I eaten every evening with all the other competitors!

For me the first goal is to finish!

Prep kit Prep

By the time I get to the start line, it will be the culmination of two seasons of hard work preparing the boat and ultimately 5 years since I first began my quest to sail solo.

To get the funding, resources and opportunities together to do this race has taken an immense amount of commitment, hard work and dedication – nobody in my family is a ‘yachtie’. I first got to grips with yacht racing through the British Keelboat Academy and later the Artemis Offshore Academy – I have always had to push and prove myself to get to where I want to be.

By the start of the race my boat will be nearly 10 years old, with a number of new builds on the race track – e.g. this year the Ofcet, Pogo 3 and Ska 6.50 are all hoping to be confirmed Series entries (10 new boats are required to become a ‘series’ entry, otherwise they will race in the prototype class), while boats 2-3 years old include the Argo, Nacra and RG 6.50.

The top guys in the fleet will already have 2-3 Transats under their belts.

I am really working hard for a top 10 finish and first Brit and first woman.

How much dried food – packets – do you take with you?

A mix of freeze dried and boil in the bag – 42 packets.

In the Azores Race in 2014 I took far too many packets of food- I had actually eaten a lot more flapjack, tins of tuna and French toast and soups than meals!

I will aim to eat 2 packet meals a day, with instant porridge for breakfast.

At midnight I like a small meal / snack – big flapjack or cuppa soup.

Snacks wise, I will try to eat some fresh or tinned fruit.

How much fresh food – favourites?

Hard to take fresh food. I will set off with a couple of bread rolls, ham and cheese, apples and oranges.

Special treats

Waitrose Filter coffee, chocolate coated raisins, apples – nuts are good too.

Litres of water or watermaker

I carry water in 10L jerry cans.


I have three.

One that is permanently attached to the rudders and two spares including the new Pelagic AutoPilot.

from the USA which I’m very keen to try out.

Number of sails

Seven – a mainsail, jib, storm jib, a gennaker and 3 spinnakers.

I even made them myself with the support of Solosails.

Do you have an engine in case of emergency?

No! We are towed in and out of harbour by a RIB when racing.

When training or doing a delivery, I use a Torqeedo Travel 1003 – an excellent electric engine, which I charge up onboard using a solar panel.

Do you have a radio in case of emergency?

Yes, this is compulsory. Usually in an offshore racing boat you carry a satellite phone for emergencies and media coverage, but the Mini class is all about ‘pure sailing’ – we are not allowed to make contact with land during the race.

How important is your clothing? What do you wear e.g. layers…dealing with extremes in weather & temperature?

April 2014 launch

Essential. I have no bed, shower or heater onboard, so staying warm and dry is crucial.

My technical outer layer is all Hudson Wight – my title sponsor – their HW1s – the Jacket or my Smock teamed with Salopettes. The Hudson Wight kit is an excellent fit and very lightweight, which I really love – it makes me feel ‘ready for action’. The Jacket also has a very well designed hood and a high collar that importantly keeps my neck warm, while the fleece lining prevents salt rash.

TrophÈe Marie Agnes Peron organisÈ par le Winch Club ‡ Douarnenez

Trophee Marie Agnes Peron organise par le Winch Club ‡ Douarnenez – Credit: Christoph Bresci

Thermals, I wear Magic Marine padded leggings, fantastic to stop bruises while being thrown around inside. I then wear thermals which have been designed for deep sea diving – very fleecy and thick, these do the trick!

On my hands, feet and head, I wear a range of Sealskinz socks, gloves, beanies and caps. I am currently working with SealSkinz as an ambassador, so I get to try out all the new innovations.

Do you have a loo on board?

I have two buckets (one spare!). Going to the loo is a bit of a hassle, especially in a 30 knot breeze with the boat on its side. I would actually really like a gimbled bucket with loo roll holder…

What’s the most important thing on the boat?

Three things; the autopilot, my life line and head torch. Minis are such a handful to sail that being attached is essential, while without the autopilot you can’t sleep – and a head torch also helps you to manage at night!

Lizzie Foreman. who is undertaking a Mini Transat campaign in 2015. Photographed at Cowes Yacht Haven Cowes Isle of Wight England. PR and Editorial Pictures. © Patrick Eden 2014.

Lizzie Foreman. who is undertaking a Mini Transat campaign in 2015. Photographed at Cowes Yacht Haven Cowes Isle of Wight England. PR and Editorial Pictures. © Patrick Eden 2014.


What’s on your iPod?

At sea I like to listen to Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Thin Lizzy, Pearl Jam. A bit of drum N’ base, dance music and jazz too, no artists in particular.

What are you most looking forward to?

‘Getting away from it all’, surfing downwind until I see land appear on the horizon.

I went to both Lanzarote and Guadeloupe to follow the 2013 Mini Transat, and am actually really looking forward to going back to Lanzarote – there are some fantastic caves and art work by Cesar Manrique.

In Guadeloupe, I’ll be after homemade coconut ice-cream!

What is your worst nightmare?

Losing the keel. I actually do have nightmares about this sometimes.

Have you had to alter anything on the boat especially for this race?

For this race I need to do a complete electronic refit, replace my rudder brackets and do some deck reinforcement. I will need to take more safety equipment, water, food – this needs to be packed and organised well.

For every race I have a general check list I follow – e.g. checking the rigging, mast, spreader brackets is essential.

How do you sleep, or don’t you?

I sleep in twenty minute naps when I am close to shore / other boats, relying on a Solosails Sleep timer to wake me up.

Further offshore it is ok for one hour – but obviously the more you sleep, the less you are sure to be heading in a good direction as fast as possible. It is a fine balance between being fresh and being too knackered to perform!

Lizzie Foreman. who is undertaking a Mini Transat campaign in 2015. Photographed at Cowes Yacht Haven Cowes Isle of Wight England. PR and Editorial Pictures. © Patrick Eden 2014.

Lizzie Foreman. who is undertaking a Mini Transat campaign in 2015. Photographed at Cowes Yacht Haven Cowes Isle of Wight England. PR and Editorial Pictures. © Patrick Eden 2014.

Are you prepared for sleep deprivation?

I have had a lot of practice and generally finish races feeling more refreshed then when I started – due to the stress of getting the boat ready for races and planning the navigation, routing etc.

I have not hallucinated while sailing the mini – which has happened before – so I have definitely improved my sleep management.

How long are you out of sight of land?

Pretty much from day 2. Crossing the Bay of Biscay I will be offshore and then there is nothing until Lanzarote, approx. 10 days later.

What are the best weather conditions for you?

I am quite fast upwind in light winds, so I like that.

Downwind, 17 – 20 knots is perfect – a change over between sails makes things interesting while the boat can get flying.

How long do you spend in Guadeloupe and what will you do there?

There will be a compulsory few days at the finish to see all the competitors arrive and for the prize giving. I will have a good party and a sleep, and do some exploring.

Are your family going out to the start/Guadeloupe?

My closest family will be at the start in France and hopefully for the stop over in Lanzarote.

I very much hope my parents, sister and partner will be able to come to Guadeloupe. I have a lot of saving to do to be able to pay the flights!

Will people at home be able to track you and follow your progress online?

Yes – thanks to YB Tracking, I have a map on my website so you can see where I am during training and deliveries between France and England. During the races, we are all supplied with a Yellow Brick tracker and each race has a dedicated website, Facebook and Twitter page where you can keep up to date.

What piece of advice would you offer other young up & coming sailors?

Work out what you want from sailing – do you want to race? Inshore or offshore? Fully crewed, double handed or solo? Knowing what direction you want to go in can help you to plan a race season tailored towards your goal – e.g. for fully crewed or double handed, there are plenty of series in the Solent tailored this type of racing.

Getting in touch with yacht clubs to be put on a crew list and joining the Young members groups can be excellent ways to get a spot onboard.

The most important thing is to always remember why you are going sailing – for the fun and the freedom!

Managing a sailing campaign can be extremely time consuming, stressful and sometimes it seems you are getting nowhere – but if you believe you can achieve your goals, you can.

I always like to have another interest alongside sailing – for the past two years I have competed in the Haute Route cycling events, but now I am focusing on Triathlon, taking on an Iron Man 70.3 in August. I find this good physical training for sailing while also widening your social group.

Useful links:

You can follow Lizzy’s news and Blog via her website or through her Twitter feed @lizzyracing or on Facebook: Lizzy Offshore Racing


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Mixing it up for Hudson Wight



Hudson Wight: A ‘capsule range’ of offshore, inshore/coastal Performance Sailwear for the discerning sailor

Designed by sailors for sailors and only sold direct and online

It’s been only 18 months since this new sailing clothing brand, Hudson Wight, first entered the marine leisure market and it may also come as something of a surprise to learn that it was the first sailing clothing brand to hit the market since the launch of the internet! The business has since gained an increasing foothold with the sailing and general boating fraternity and scored high praise for its HW1 range from respected testers right across the UK’s sailing media.

Based in Cowes, Isle of Wight, Hudson Wight’s initial range was based around their HW1s – a set of top quality, all-purpose, Jacket and Salopettes – selling at inshore prices and direct through the online shop. This year, the business has also opened a Showroom in Cowes and is now retailing from there, as well as online at

At the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014, Hudson Wight launched an updated range of HW1s as well as a brand new HW1 Smock and a new Performance Jacket for use on board and ashore.


The HW1 Jacket, HW1 Salopettes and HW1 Smock are available in three colourways: 

Blue/Grey; Charcoal/Grey and Red/Grey


Listening to customers!

In their customer feedback Hudson Wight’s clients were quick to point out that last year’s HW1 Jacket and Salopettes were the best all-round gear they’d ever worn but the HW team has also listened to some ideas as to how to make them even better.

The updated range – still called HW1s – continues to use OceanVent 3-layer technical fabric,

further developed this year to be equally as waterproof (20,000mm) but 20% more breathable than last year’s HW1 products. Additionally, there have been some design tweaks and a new addition to the HW1 range, the HW1 Smock.  

Key product improvements | HW1 2014 Range:

Treated with Dupont® Teflon® Shield Pro+ giving outstanding fabric protection and extremely durable water repellency PLUS:

    • Improved Jacket collar design with 2cm extra height
    • All main YKK zips are now size 10 nylon 
    • Seamless welded YKK AquaGuard zips on all pockets
    • Improved front zip and crotch design on Salopettes

The HW1 Jacket, HW1 Salopettes and HW1 Smock are available in three colourways: 

Red/Grey; Blue/Grey and Charcoal/Grey.

HW1 Jacket & Salopettes in sizes XS – XXL are priced at: £279.00 and £199.00 inc. VAT 

HW1 Smock S-XL is priced at: £249.00 inc. VAT

NEW! Performance Jacket

This great looking, high-spec Performance Jacket is designed for use afloat and ashore and is highly waterproof, very breathable and is already a best seller.



The Hudson Wight Performance Jacket is available in Blue and Grey

Key features: 

  • OceanVent Technical Fabrics outer layer
  • Waterproof (over 20,000mm) and breathable (12,000g/sqm/24hrs)
  • Treated with Dupont® Teflon® Shield Pro+ giving fabric protection and extremely durable water repellency
  • Anti-pill fleece body lining for extra warmth and comfort
  • Insulated easy on/off sleeve lining
  • YKK AquaGuard® zips with “zip garage” 
  • Extra high collar for when it gets nasty
  • Easily accessible adjustable stowaway hood for when it gets really nasty
  • External fleeced lined stowage pockets for warmth
  • Two internal storage pockets 
  • Adjustable Velcro cuffs for warmth & wind-resistance
  • Twin adjustable waist drawing toggles for shape, comfort and wind-resistance
  • Excellent flexible arm articulation

The Performance Jacket is available in two colourways, Blue or Grey, and in sizes XXS-XL. 

Price: £149.00 inc. VAT.

For details of the Hudson Wight product range visit: or call:

+44 (0)1983 300 144 for more information.


Notes to Editors

Hudson Wight Milestones

  • August 2013    Hudson Wight brand first seen in soft launch during AAM Cowes Week
  • November 2013    Official Clothing Sponsor to the Garmin Hamble Winter Series
  • January 2014    Hudson Wight launches its Affiliate Scheme
  • March 2014       Hudson Wight Showroom & Office opens at #1 Cowes Parade, Isle of Wight
  • March 2014     Hudson Wight announces Title Sponsorship of LizzyRacing, Lizzy Foreman’s  Mini Transat Campaign 2015
  • June 2014     Hudson Wight officially opens its Showroom on Cowes Parade
  • July 2014   Official Clothing Sponsor Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week
  • August 2014   Hudson Wight celebrates its first Anniversary!
  • September 2014    Hudson Wight exhibits at the PSP Southampton Boat Show
  • November 2014   HW1s Nominated for Y&Y ‘Kit Innovation’ Award
  • January 2015    Announced Official Clothing Partner to Dream Yacht Charter UK and Fairview  Sailing
  • February 2015    Announced as Brooks MacDonald Warsash Spring Series Official Race Partner
  • Hudson Wight products are manufactured using fully tried and tested fabric technology, in the form of OceanVent, the very latest generation of 2 and 3-layer breathable fabrics designed specifically for sailing.
  • All Hudson Wight products carry a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.
  • All product and purchase details together with information on joining the Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme can be found on the website:
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The Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme for Sailing Clubs & Class Associations – it simply makes sense

Introducing the Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme for Sailing Clubs, Class Associations and other sailing-related organisations 

With 600+ sailing clubs, class associations, sailing schools and associated organisations actively working to promote the sport of sailing around the UK, it may strike some people as strange that the vast majority don’t sell sailing clothing to their members, customers or visitors. Enter Hudson Wight, from Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Hudson Wight is the latest brand of performance sailwear to enter the technical end of the clothing market and the company is providing a simple and effective framework whereby sailing related organisations can benefit financially from the sale of specialist clothing to their members and friends, without holding stock.

The Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme is being rolled out across the UK and is targeted at all sailing related organisations including sailing clubs, yacht clubs, class associations, sailing schools and charter companies, offering them an entirely new source of revenue. At a time when increasing membership numbers and maintaining profitability is a struggle, this scheme is already proving to be a hit.  

Pin it to the Club’s noticeboard and spread the word.

Providing an important new revenue stream

In the sporting arena, sailing is an exception to the rule when it comes to its clubs not usually stocking and retailing specialist and performance clothing. As Hudson Wight’s Managing Director, Jamie Scrimgeour, states:

Sailing Clubs are at the centre of everything that happens in the sailing world and they invest massive resources – both manpower and finance – into opening up the sport to more enthusiasts and helping to make it safer and more enjoyable for all participants. Furthermore, most sailors are members of clubs or visit them regularly as guests. Despite this dominant position in the sport it is very rare for clubs to sell the requisite kit and that just doesn’t make sense.”

All the established clothing brands are locked into their existing retail relationships and so cannot sell direct to customers at manufacturers’ prices. The market is therefore crying out for a new and inspiring brand to take a new “Direct Only” approach and provide sailing clubs with the opportunity to use their position in the market to gain a fair share of the revenue available from the sale of sailing kit.

Sailing clubs can’t be expected to stock expensive kit themselves and so very few do, but online retail solutions and next day delivery ensure that they don’t need to. Hudson Wight is doing all the stocking and fulfilment on behalf of its Affiliates who then make a useful 15% commission for no capital outlay and no risk.

In addition, members and friends of Affiliates get at least 10% off on Hudson Wight’s website,, incentivising them to direct their purchases through the Affiliate Scheme, thus supporting their favoured Affiliate.

For details of the Hudson Wight product range and information about the Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme visit or telephone: +44 (0)1983 300 144 for more information.

Happy Anniversary IRC! Celebrating 30 years in 2014


2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of IRC under its original name, CHS.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and L’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) are delighted to have reached this major milestone in providing fair and simple ratings for racing sailors around the world. CHS was first introduced in 1984 to offer a rating system appropriate to the cruiser/racers of the day that were disenfranchised by the IOR rule. CHS grew dramatically through the 1980s and 1990s before being re-named IRC in 1999.

IRC was granted International Rating System status by the International Sailing Federation in 2003 and continued to grow in popularity, reaching a peak of 7,740 boats rated in 2008.

Today, IRC remains the rating rule of choice for close to 7,000 boats of almost every shape, size, style and age imaginable, and for a huge number of high profile and many less well-known events in approaching 40 countries around the world.

The IRC Championships provide a focus for celebration in Great Britain and in 2014 there are more events than ever for sailors to enter. To mark this anniversary year, Spinlock, the sponsors of IRC in Great Britain and France, are generously offering a special prize at each of the GBR Championships.

Championships will be held all over Great Britain including two exciting additions to the calendar, with the inaugural Channel Island Championship being contested at the UBS Jersey Regatta, and a new Double-handed Championship to be held in the Solent.

A full list is published at

The 30th Anniversary IRC logo is available for download from for race organisers to help promote their IRC events.

The RORC Rating Office hopes that sailors and race organisers will join them in celebrating IRC’s 30th birthday – the party’s on the water!


All photos: Michael Austen Photography

Aveva Prizegiving Logo REDIt has been a remarkably successful year for the Royal Southern Yacht Club, especially on the water. Amongst the many notable winners, Niklas Zennström became Mini Maxi and Gaastra 52 World Champion, Edward Leask took the Gazprom Swan European title in Class A, James Wilkie became 40.7 National Champion and Philip Bendon took the EUROSAF Youth Match Racing crown.

At the other end of the size scale, Alan Roberts became National Champion in Merlin Rockets and Rob Greenhalgh claimed the UK Moth Nationals title. Club members also enjoyed a clutch of success in Cowes, Dartmouth, Grenada and in Newport, Rhode Island. Of course Honorary Member, Sir Ben Ainslie, also had a hand in Oracle Team USA’s comeback to win the 34th Americas’s Cup in San Francisco.

At Saturday evening’s Royal Southern AVEVA Prizegiving, presided over by the Club’s Rear Commodore Sailing, Karen Henderson-Williams, many exquisite pieces of silver and glassware were bestowed upon their delighted recipients but none was so eagerly awaited as the announcement of this year’s ‘Champion of Champions’.


Left: Stuart Quarrie and Karen Henderson-Williams

Launched in 2012 to recognise and reward performance and consistency, the Royal Southern Yacht Club Champion of Champions prize, once more awarded by the Barbados Tourism Authority, went to the owner and helm of the yacht that performed best across all four Summer Series Regattas, the father and son duo Nick & Adam Munday.

Nick and 21 year-old Adam, a Royal Southern Academy member, raced the J97 Indulgence in IRC 3 with enormous confidence and purpose and are rightly proud of their achievements having scored 14 bullets and one 4th place from 15 starts.

Nick, who was unable to attend the ceremony with Adam, nonetheless commented that it was an amazing honour and a wonderful prize:

It is fabulous to sail and race with my son Adam. He is a fine sailor for someone so young. He prepares Induljence to perfection, and finds capable and committed crewmates to race with. My contribution to this success has been limited to having one hand on the tiller and the other on the credit card!

Adam also said how delighted they both are to win such a fantastic prize. “We have owned the boat since October 2011 and Dad and I share the helming depending on other commitments. Our crew is made up of many regular sailors we have met over the years and all are very committed to our racing program.”


Left: Mr Devon Chase & Mr Adam Munday

The prize voucher, presented by Mr Devon Chase, Business Development Manager for the Barbados Tourism Authority, includes flights and hotel accommodation for one week in January at the Radisson Aquatic Beach Resort, plus a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race and enjoy all the legendary Bajan hospitality that surrounds Race week on the Island.

Amongst many highlights in the Club’s racing calendar next year is running the 52nd edition of the Cowes-Deauville Race.  The Club very much enjoyed welcoming the President of Deauville Yacht Club, Georges Bouvard & his wife Jane, to the AVEVA Prizegiving.


Right: Mr Richard Longdon, Mrs and Mr Georges Bouvard

As many will have seen at AAM Cowes Week this year, the City of Deauville has big plans for developing its waterfront and this will inevitably benefit both their Club and visiting yachtsmen and is a measure of their commitment to yachting that in 2014 Deauville also hosts the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club was among the founders of the modern Cowes Week, running some of the racing during the week as well as taking a lively interest in the development of the most famous yachting regatta in the world. It was therefore fitting to invite Stuart Quarrie to provide a first-hand and insightful glimpse into his role as Regatta Director and for the 200+ guests to hear how he sees the future of the regatta developing now that he is stepping down as the CEO of Cowes Week Ltd after 15 years, but remaining as its Sailing Director.

To round off the evening, tributes were paid to the Club’s racing and shoreside sponsors including Marc Blees of Gaastra Pro Gear, Andy Ash-Vie of Harken UK, Alvin Saal of Mount Gay Rum, Martin Gamman of Champagne Joseph Perrier, Mike Pope and his colleagues at GJW Direct, Petra Roach of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Robert Glen of E.P.Barrus, Richard Curry of Seastart and last but not least, Richard Longdon of AVEVA plc., for his support on the water, and particularly for the Prizegiving evening. 


The complete list of prizewinners and a gallery of photographs from last night’s ceremony is available at