On day one of Cowes the weather gods decided to do their best to dampen our spirits - with all racing cancelled by Cowes AMM for the first Saturday. 45 knots blew through the Solent, making the bars and VIP area a far more attractive alternative.
Our guests from Fuel Gas were great sports and managed to battle the elements in Southampton waters, taking part in fast and furious RIB blasts before coming to Cowes by ferry to enjoy their hospitality. Sailing clubs from Ashurst and Linklaters decided it was best to stay ashore in Hamble and brush up on some race and sailing theory ready for Sunday.
On day two, racing was declared safe and our yachts went out to compete. Our first 4O’s racing in IRC class three and our larger boats in cruiser A and B finally managed to get down to some close racing as the clouds and wind finally disappeared and the sun shone down on Cowes Week. Congratulations to Fairview Sailing client Tom who held his own in cruiser C.
Our corporate crews on Lancelot, Galahad and Arthur went into battle in IRC 3 with some very close racing against many professional teams, while the winds maintained a steady 20 knots. Monday drew an end to Sailing Logic's three day Cowes week race programme, with the crew all put through their paces and looking forward to getting home. Bordier and Nexus arrived to start their week long campaigns and PWC competed in Cruiser C.
Once crews parked up their trustee yachts, all were welcomed with a refreshing Salcombe Gin and fever tree tonic from our generous drinks partners Salcombe Gin as teams came off the water to celebrate their achievements for that day.
Our regular Rightmove clients and RIB support entered the Cowes Week racing from Hamble river today to participate alongside the other Britannia first 40’s in IRC 3. Again the battles were fierce. Lancelot was the first Britannia boat across the finish, bringing Rightmove to victory on their first day.
Known as 'Wet Wednesday', teams dug deep and started racing in stormy conditions. The M27 smart motorway team was put through their paces on the water, before their colleagues turned up to enjoy the onshore hospitality and catering. All 65 of them!
Cowes Week weather was finally upon us and the Ultrasun sun tan lotion samples greatly appreciated as the sun shone and the premier paper teams arrived in Cowes to race their customers and staff around the cruiser C race-course in champagne conditions. In cruiser division C, the competition was heating up with six Britannia first 40’s competing to be the first boat home. Congratulations to Stifel Investment lead by skipper Pete Walters who took the win that day.
On Friday the weather returned with a vengeance and while most teams managed to avoid the rain while racing, the heavens opened as teams returned to shore. TWM raced hard and was the first Britannia first 40 today, while International paper who had 4 yachts in Cruiser C battled it out amongst each other to be crowned the winning team.
Salcombe Gin raised everyone’s spirits with a final Cowes Week Gin and all about catering sparked up the last BBQ of Cowes Week to fill our guests with home made burgers grilled in the open air. Ebb Paper were crowned wet weather hero’s for managing to enjoy the Cowes Week festivities despite the rain.
While most teams had gone home to dry out, new teams from Freshfields and BG&E Engineering joined us for an early morning start.
Dream Yacht Charter's Dufour 460 GL, named 'Oarsome Dream' in honour of their charity partner Oarsome Chance and skippered by James, helped Freshfields sail to glory in Cruiser B to take first place in class. What a fantastic way to draw Cowes Week to a close for another year and start Oarsome Dream's racing career in preparation for her time at Antigua Sailing Week next April.
Many thanks to all our corporate clients that entered and a huge thank you to our fantastic skippers and mates for doing a fabulous job.
So another Cowes Week has come and gone, friendships made, teams strengthened and memories created, now we all look forward to 2020 to do it all again!
Dates next year are already set for 8th-15th August and bookings can be made by contacting us on 02380 458900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information about our corporate hospitality events, sailing days and regattas, call us on 02380 458900 or email email@example.com where one of our team will be on hand to help you arrange the perfect event.
Unit A Waterside
Port Hamble Marina, Hamble
Hampshire SO31 4PL
+44 (0) 2380 458900