2023 EDDIE COWELL IOM REGATTA
The 2023 Eddie Cowell Regatta saw 35 IOM’s compete with skippers from all States except NT plus three all the way from New Zealand. The fleet was split into 3 heats.
Unfortunately the start on Day 1 was delayed for an hour waiting for the wind to settle in, eventually a good W – NW breeze arrived giving our competitors some exhilarating sailing, a few changed to B rigs but the majority stayed with A’s. Forecast for Day 2 was even stronger conditions .
Results after Day 1 : 1st Sean Wallis #71 7 points, 2nd Ben Taylor #70 9 Points & Lincoln McDowall #97 9 points. Good clean & close racing.
The forecast was right, a lot more wind fluctuating from 5 knots to 18+ knots in the gusts, giving competitors challenging conditions to contend with and occasionally causing havoc especially rounding marks & sailing downwind. Great spectator viewing ! Congratulations to everyone for surviving the day.
Results after Day 2 were : 1st Sean Wallis #71 22 points, 2nd Paul Jones #77 32 points, 3rd Gary McCarthy #181 44 points. Interesting to not that at the end of Day 2 there was Going to be interesting tomorrow as there is only 1 point separating 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th places.
Day 3 After a very windy Day 2 we were happy to have 3-5 knots mostly S to NE, a good, fairly steady breeze with glorious sunshine – Kawana Lake on the Sunshine Coast at its best. A perfect day, a stark contrast to yesterdays 7-18 knot Westerly winds.
A really good days sailing to finish of what was a highly competitive regatta with very varied conditions. Congratulations to all competitors for such a pleasant & enjoyable event.
The top 5 were :
1st Sean Wallis Venti #71 32 points
2nd Paul Jones Venti #77 49 points
3rd Greg Torpy Venti #125 82 points
4th Aaron Farrar Britpop #34 87 points
5th Alex Scapens V11 #106 93.6 points
Masters : Gary McCarthy Venti #181
Grand Masters : Graham Clough ( NZ) V11 #81
Full results attached.
On behalf of the Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club I thank all competitors for making the trip to the Sunny Coast & for being part of the 2023 Eddie Cowell – we hope you enjoyed our venue, hospitality & the event in general, we certainly enjoyed watching you race & catching up over the 3 days.