Cowes 2016 - On Saturday 1st October 2016 the Cowes Small Ships Race took place in the Solent. This annual event is a popular end to the Sail Training season, with up to 30 boats taking part each year. Each of the boats are crewed by young and disabled people, many of whom have never sailed before. While the race is highly competitive, prizes are also awarded for the best dressed crew and the Spirit of the Race.
The Cowes Small Ships Race is organised by ASTO and aims to publicise the opportunities Sail Training brings, as well as being a fun end to the season for the Skippers and Crews that work so hard to make the experience a life long positive memory for so many young and disadvantaged people each year.
Boats arrive in Cowes on the Friday before the race. The race is always the 1st Saturday in October and they depart on the Sunday.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners:
Class B Jolie Brise
Class C1 TS Vigilant
Class C2 Yoda
Class D Scaramouche
Line Honours Scaramouche (Seven Seas Trophy)
Overall youngest crew TS Caroline Allen (Bloodhound Cup)
Overall winners on corrected time Jolie Brise (Aurora Trophy)
Vessel that best represents the Spirit of the event: TS Vigilant for baking 300 cupcakes for all the participants in their tiny on board oven in batches of 24. (Richard Langhorn Trophy)
Full Race Results are here.
Pictures are online here. Feel free to use on your own social media. Please contact ASTO if you would like to use them for PR or need them in higher resolution.
The next Cowes Small Ships Race will be on the 7th October 2017.
Cowes Small Ships Races
The first Cowes Small Ships Race happened in 2004 and it has become a very popular event in the Sail Training calendar since. Entries usually number around 25 vessels for the event which now takes place on the first Saturday of October every year. Sail Training vessels aren't the only ones taking part: teams have been entered from the MCA, the Army, and from the 'Captain's Daughters', an informal group that usually volunteer as watchleaders with various Sail Training organisations. The only rule to take part is that half of the crew need to be under 25.
Participating boats gather in Cowes on Friday afternoon, with a race on the Saturday and prize giving on Saturday evening. For more details please contact ASTO or check the links on the left.