The annual Cowes Small Ships Race, now in it's ninth year, will take place this Saturday 6th October in the Solent. 27 boats are registered to take part and will between them take more than 300 young people on an exciting course around the Solent.
The fleet include one of the oldest sailing vessels still operating in the UK (Leader, 1892), some of the most unusual (Little Brigs Bob and Caroline Allen) and some of the most famous (Gipsy Moth IV and Jolie Brise). There are also ocean racing yachts (Challengers 3 and 4) and successfull round-the-cans racers (Paddiywack). The fleet will not only compete for the coveted Aurora trophy for the overall winner on corrected time, but also for the Richard Langhorn Trophy which is awarded to the crew of the vessel which best represents the 'Spirit of the Race' - this is voted for by all the crews of all the vessels and is a great honour.
Last year's Aurora trophy went to Duet who beat Jolie Brise by 4 minutes 36 seconds. The race between the 4 Challenge class vessels was even closer, with only 3 minutes and 43 seconds between the first (Challenge Wales) and the last (Challenger 1).
ASTO would like to say a big thank you to our supporters and sponsors in Cowes who make this event possible: the Delphie Lakeman Trust, the Daisie Rich Trust, Cowes Rotary, the Royal London Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes Town Council, the High Sherriff of the Isle of Wight, the Ellis Campbell Foundation, K1 Britannia, Ocean World, Cowes Rotary, Cowes Yacht Haven, the Southern Co-operative, Ruth Simpson and the Herapath-Shenton Trust. Also a huge thank you to Anthony Churchill, Bob Milner and Rodney Barton without whom this event would not be possible.