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over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles

Cowes X40 iShares Cup

Cowes week Extreme 40 bonanza!
Last week saw the iShares Cup Etreme 40 event come to the green just off Cowes, past the Royal Yacht squadron, it was another great show, but this year not for the capsizes, more for the close to the beach spectator viewing which gave all of the those at Cowes something to really take note of.
I sailed the week with Shirley Robertson, double Olympic Gold medallist skippering the iShares boat, whilst I did tactics and mainsheet, with Nick Hutton trimming and Winston Hamill grinding and bow.
The regatta was sailed in lots of tide and a very fickle wind, blowing offshore at Egypt point where out course area was centred, with a big 2 storey marquee for corporate entertainment.
Friday the 31 July saw some media racing with journalists on board all of the boats and three races to show case the boats.
Saturday racing began and we had some great conditions, very tricky fickle winds and unreal tide sweeping past the windward mark making the top mark rounding a real nightmare to judge. Team iShares had a great day all but one result in the top 3, great speed and good safe and solid tactics had us chasing at the heels of the Oman Masirah, who were event leaders after day one.
Sunday and day two were not so special and unfortunately we were in a crash in race one of the day which meant we were out of racing for the rest of the day. We did however get average points for the races held.
Monday and the last day, a lighter and fickle day with 2 wind directions affecting the course area meant a very tough and confusing downwind leg each time. The starts were also tough, we found it very hard to get off the line and in the lighter and tricky conditions this meant it was hard to come back at the fleet. In the races we had a less favourable day, and this put us in the position 5th overall. A good result and a welcome step up the overall ladder for team iShares.
Now onto F18 training for the nationals which start on Thursday of this week in Poole for a 3 day regatta, then straight off to Kiel for the next edition of the ishares cup.

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