Fine Art Sails Star Regatta 2014: Fine Art, Fantastic Sailing


6 Stars competed in the 2014 edition of the Fine Art Sails Regatta, which was held in the premier sailing location in front of the Green in Cowes, during Cowes Week. Whilst earlier in the day, Cowes Week racing had been abandoned due to fickle breeze, the Star’s start time of 1700 meant that they experienced champagne conditions of 12-14kts and glorious evening sunshine.

A large crowd of spectators gathered along the Green and the beach front to watch the boats with stunning and unique designs on the sails, created by artists from all over the world. One of the boats being sailed was the hull which Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson sailed in the 2012 Olympics, a notoriously famous and fast hull, which continues to compete and maintain the legacy of Andrew Simpson.

This was the second edition of this unique event which was put together by RTYC member Peter Bonham-Christie, with Michael Ross and his CNM Estates Company. And, whilst the setting was vastly different to that of the snowy Royal Victoria Docks which played host to the first edition, this superb summer’s evening and fresh breeze mean that the regatta was an impressive sight for those gathered all along the sea front.

PRO Alexis Doglewski, assisted by Jenny Woods and Doug Harckham, set a tight square course for the boats, forcing them to beat and run along the green and beach, only metres from the land, making for some spectacular spectating.

Four races were run back to back, with sailors having to take into consideration wind shifts from the land, back eddies in the shallower water and a lot of press boats, in order to battle it out in close fought racing. Different boats fought their way to the front of the fleet, and the leader seemed to change with each leg, at times all 6 boats were rounding marks on top of one another, which added to the adrenalin and atmosphere experienced by both sailors and spectators.

It was RTYC member Ante Razmilovic with his crew Brian Hammersley, sailing with the pink sails designed by artist ‘Goldie’ who won the regatta, winning the majority of the races.

The winners will be presented with the ‘Fine Art Sails Regatta’ trophy at the Prize Winners’ Dinner in November.

RTYC wishes to thank all of the sponsors, event organisers, boat owners, race management team and sailors who took part in this competitive, on the water exhibition of art and sailing.

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