There's nothing quite like Cowes Week
It’s the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World, and a few of Ignition’s UK team got the opportunity to experience it.
After the first day’s races were abandoned due to weather conditions (57.5mph winds), the team believed that they’d be remaining on dry land. However, with a break in the weather our crew were given the all clear to race in the Sunsail First 40 class.
They set off from Southampton aboard the Red Jet passenger ferry and arrived promptly for registration at the Sunsail ‘base’. After listening intently to the daily race briefing and meeting both Skipper and First Mate they left dry land for the start of the race.
The race started with a tussle for position, as Ignition attempted to hold their line around the first marker. They were shunted from behind, the Skipper reacted fast and pulled their 40’ yacht around, unfortunately pushing Ignition to the back of the field.
Regardless of the start, spirits remained high and nerves settled as the crew worked together to climb back up the board through moderate winds and heavy showers towards the half way marker. Progress however came to a halt as the wind dropped for long periods and the sun came out – perfect time for a lunch break.
On the way to the finish, the Ignition crew found themselves in a 4-yacht race. Tacking left to right, catching every bit of wind possible, ‘sail GBR4005N’ (Ignition’s yacht) crossed the line with a time of 03:28:34, finishing 17th (out of 18), 19 seconds behind 16th place.
For a novice crew amongst a field of seasoned sailors, the team were pleased with their efforts and came away in high spirits after a dramatic start and finish to the race.
About Cowes Week
The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,000 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night.