50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race at Royal Southern YC

50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race
©Michael Austen Photography
The 50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race was hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club from 1st to 4th June 2012. The biggest fleet ever of 107 yachts contested the Race and the international entry was led home overall by French IRC Class 4 entrants, Noel Racine’s JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew and Benoit Dhalluin’s A.35 Dunkerque Plaisance, from Peter Pickett’s British Class 5 boat, Moondog. The winner’s corrected time of 19 hours, 25 minutes and 8 seconds confirmed that a wind that had been late kicking in to the Solent had given a slow race.

The Club Class white sail fleet had struggled to clear the Island after a drifting start and ghosting spinnaker run eastward from Cowes, but two hours later, watchers on the Royal Yacht Squadron battlements observed that the wind had piped up to send the IRC classes away in fine style and they overhauled the early starters by Bembridge, before turning south west for Seine Bay and Deauville.

Of the Royal Southern Yacht Club entries, it was Noj White’s X-37 SX Girl and Angus Newton’s Swan 38 Kuutar that had good starts and were able to carry their advantage through the night, finishing fifth and eighth overall and fourth respectively in IRC Class 3 and Class 4 with corrected times of 19 hours 48 minutes 8 seconds and 19 hours 55 minutes 14 seconds.

Results By Class (Provisional)

IRC Overall

Foggy Dew FRA Noel Racine 19.25.08
Dunkerque Plaisance FRA Benoit Dhalluin 19.36.10
Moondog GBR Peter Pickett 19.38.17

IRC Class Zero
Pace GBR Johnny Vincent 21.41.28

IRC Class One
Inis Mor FRA Bernard Gouy 20.09.41
Cracklin Rosie GBR Steven Anderson 20.36.53
Tonnerre de Breskens NED Piet Vroom 21.02.32

IRC Class Two
Beelzbuth Three FRA Olivier Pesci 20.00.08
Visit Malta Puma GBR Sailing Logic 20.00.28
La Réponse GBR Andrew McIrvine 20.17.45

IRC Class Three
Foggy Dew FRA Noel Racine 19.25.08
Dunkerque Plaisance FRA Benoit Dhalluin 19.36.10
Malice GBR Mike Moxley 19.40.50

IRC Class Four
Moondog GBR Peter Pickett 19.38.17
With Alacrity GBR Chris Choules 19.51.28
Iromiguy FRA Jean Yves Chateau 19.54.39

Two-Handed Class
Moondog GBR Peter Pickett 19.38.17
Malice GBR Mike Moxley 19.40.50
Diablo-J GBR Nick Martin 20.26.57

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