Skandia Cowes Week – Day Four

Cowes Week

Cowes Week

There was no stopping Niklas Zennstrom’s TP52 Ran which for the fourth consecutive day took honors in IRC Class Zero, though on corrected time it was unbearably close with just 36 secs separating the top three boats.

Stuart Robinson’s Stay Calm was runner up while Benny Kelly’s Panthera was third, just 14 secs behind to go second overall with four races remaining.

It was the closest race so far, said Robinson and although Ran led all the way round, there was just half a boat length between them.

“Things were really close up by the forts and we were within half a boat length from Ran and Panthera were half a boat length behind. The four boats were within three boat lengths.

In the lighter winds, it is always going to be close but their program is a very professional one while I have mates from work on board. But it was great fun.”

The youngest skipper at Skandia Cowes Week, the pocket sized Fred Warren-Smith, who is 12 and from the Isle of Wight, posted his best result of the week with an excellent third place in the Squib class.

His boat, Aquabat is now placed in 5th place overall and has every chance of catching the leaders Mike Probert’s Panu Munta and Penny and Mike Fenwick’s Ghost Hunter if he can maintain his splendid form.

Artemis Challenge

The big boats were ruling the waves on day four of Skandia Cowes Week at the second Artemis Challenge at Skandia Cowes Week for Open 60s.

For a closer look at Cowes Week check out: Cowes Week 2008

For a closer look at the iShares Cup at Cowes Week check out: Cowes Week – Crash and Capsizes for iShares or Spills and Thrills at iShares Cup UK – Sailing at Cowes Week

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