Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings driving Silverline, won the the shortened 2018 Cowes race today, completing the course in 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Even the ‘storm course’ that comprised of 2 laps going into Poole Bay was rough, race winner Langdon said after:
It was worse than the race at Falmouth, the sound of the water going over the top was unbelievable!
Richard Carr, Mark Pascoe and James Sinclair in Fortitudo Cougar pushed Silverline throughout the 91.10 NM course while battling with a trim problem, they ended up finishing a minute behind.
Glenn Chidzoy, Ole Finholt and Gordon Compton capped a great season taking first in B class and third overall.
The pre-race favourite, Going Lean, crewed by the Swedish team of Mikko Oikari, Lars Eriksson, Michael Backhuvud with Irish ‘bon viveur’ John Ryan, suffered an electronic issue early in the race, Oikari said:
We has an electronic problem which shut down an engine in the Solent and then reoccurred.
Paul Craven and Tom Montgomery-Swan’s day in SUNUS Ocean Racing went from bad to worse.
Montgomery-Swan broadcasted on Facebook Live:
We threw a propeller blade in the run up the Solent whilst challenging Blastoff Racing.
I decided to return to the Cowes Yacht Haven to change the prop and re-enter the race. Whilst racing in Poole Bay, we lost another blade which forced us to retire.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.