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NORTH SAILS TEAM AT THE 196th COWES WEEK
One Week to go to Cowes Week 2022
Cowes Week, aptly named after its host town in the Isle of White, is one of the world’s longest running and most successful sporting events. The regatta has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two World Wars and is a key highlight of the British sailing summer. It’s the range from classic and cruising yachts to the high performance designs of the moment that gives Cowes Week its uniqueness. The spectacle the racing provides along the foreshore of the town and the vibrant festival atmosphere attracts not only sailors from around the world but thousands of visitors to Cowes during the event.
With over 300 boats entered in this year’s Cowes Week, the event is on track to be the biggest in recent years; the XOD class has had the largest early entry with 35 teams. All 21 One Design classes are also starting to stack up including 18 Cape 31’s, 29 J70’s, as well as Performance Cruiser and Club Cruiser classes and seven IRC classes. The class to watch is the New Cape 31 class with over 20 boats on the start line.
We’re proud to be supporting some of our local North Sails team members across the fleets including; Ben Saxton on Cape 31 Tokoloshe, the current UK 31 Race Circuit leader, Ronan Grealish and the Harrison Family sailing their new Cape 31 to match their TP52 Jolt and finally, Mike Henning competing for the Overall Cowes Week Cup on board HH42, INO XXX. North Sails newest team member Ian Walker will be christening his first week at North by joining North Sails expert Ruaridh Wright and long-standing North customer Ian Atkins on Dark n’ Stormy a GP42. The team will be following up on their Overall win at the Round the Island Race that took place at the end of June.
One to also watch is Yes! (JPK1080), long standing North Sails customer Adam Gosling who has been racing at Cowes Week for over three decades. In various yachts, all called Yes!, Adam is one of the most successful skippers in the 192 year history of the regatta, winning his class on 15 occasions and Black Group overall on four occasions. He missed out on the class win by one point to fellow North Customer David Frank on J112e Leon last year… Will he get back on his winning streak this year?
Our North Sails team will also be providing North Sails Certified Service during the regatta at the North Sails Cowes Loft in Cowes Yacht Haven. North Sails service expert James Hobson will be on site to assist with all your sail care needs during the regatta.
The legacy of this long-standing regatta is based in world-class racing, but it’s also a wonderfully social week where friends old and new come together to support the sailors, discuss innovation and have fun in a great mix of social activities. Keep up to date with the North Sails Victory List to see how your favorite North Sails expert or team is fairing throughout the week.