It’s just gone 9am here in Cowes and after some overnight rain we’ve now got a dry clear morning with some cloud cover and around 10 knots from the NE. Registration is complete and the race committee is setting off towards Air Canada ready for a 10.30am start.
With a record breaking entry of 35 boats including plenty of new faces and a forecast for good winds for all three days of the regatta we’re looking forward to a great event.
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Last night the teams enjoyed a welcome reception on the Royal Corinthian’s terrace looking out over the Solent, catching up with old friends and make new ones. As always the teams were taking their training for the event very seriously and Jim Webb was taking it more seriously than most. Having availed himself of the training opportunities presented by the Royal Corinthian, he then stepped things up a notch and moved onto the Anchor and several other establishments, finally returning to the Anchor for his warm down session where the landlord wisely recognised that perhaps Jim had been overtraining and suggested an early night was in order (we believe this suggestion was made some time after midnight). Naturally Jim, who is extremely dedicated to his training, did not take the suggestion lightly so he returned to the Corinthian to finish off his session. On returning to the club he was concerned to find that his preferred training ale was not available, but ever keen to keep the competitors happy the club immediately arranged to have his favourite tipple on tap by the time the teams return from racing today. Since this training programme has won Jim not only a previously Quarter Ton Cup but also the Round The Island Race he clearly intends to stick with a tried and tested formula.