HRH The Princess Royal is expected to lend her support for Aberdeen Asset Management XOD Class Centenary Regatta
• An exceptional and record-breaking entry for XOD Class at world-famous regatta
• An outstanding array of sailing personalities and age ranges taking part
• A major challenge for Regatta Race Committee
• A Royal send-off expected
Whilst the pub and dockside chatter about this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week could well be assumed to be about rock star sailors, celebrities and million pound maxi racing yachts turning up, the central spotlight of this most famous of annual sailing regattas is pointing firmly at a fleet of 100-year old wooden 3-person keelboats, called the XOD (or X One-Design), a mere 21ft in length.
In its Centenary year and on the final day’s racing in its special Centenary race programme during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week (6-13 August), it has been confirmed that HRH The Princess Royal is expected to fire the start gun for the Aberdeen Asset Management XOD Class Centenary Regatta race on Thursday 11 August.
A mind-boggling 140-plus XODs (entries are still coming in) will muster on the start line each day during the regatta and this is the class that everyone wants to race in and win the famous Captain’s Cup.
In addition to its usual daily racing fixture, the XOD Class is staging a special Centenary 3-day ‘regatta within the regatta’ in the middle of the week from Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 August, also sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, when the sight of so many identical boats on the Royal Yacht Squadron start line is going to be a truly awesome spectacle.
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