Saskia Wins British Classic Yacht Club Trophy And
A Panerai Watch At Panerai British Classic Week 2013
Racing at Panerai British Classic Week 2013 came to a spectacular close in Cowes with yet another day of sun drenched sailing and a sixth and final race, sponsored by Sandeman Yacht Company, for the 44-strong fleet. It’s been a quite stunning week combining great weather, superb racing afloat, outstanding hospitality ashore and a unique sense of camaraderie and fun.
As the boats arrived in the race area the breeze died briefly, but then veered to the south-east and filled in at just under 10 knots. Once again it was a tricky Central Solent race with patchy and shifty winds, particularly up on the mainland shore. With a strong ebb tide building, judging lay lines became critical and there were more than a few boats who found themselves forced to put in an extra tacks to squeeze around a mark.
Class One for the modern classics saw Brian Scowcroft’s Phantom take her second race win of the series, beating Stephen Jones’ Meteor by just 27 seconds on corrected time after nearly four hours of racing, while third place went to Michael Hough’s Chloë. With the discard now coming into play Phantom’s win jumped her up the leaderboard into third place in class, just three points behind Sean McMillan’s Flight of Ufford. Class One overall victory went to Meteor, whose crew paid tribute to both the boat and to Stephen, who had carried on racing despite painfully wrenching his knee during yesterday’s race.
In Class Four Robert Veale’s Danegeld claimed her third race win, beating Cereste, owned by Jonathan and Scilla Dyke, with Mark Whiteley’s Zarik third. In the overall class standings it was Cereste who was victorious with Danegeld second and Richard Wallrock’s Beeleigh third.
Andy King’s Gluckauf finally managed to snatch a race from Sam Laidlaw and Rob Gray’s Clarionet in Class Three, beating them by a handsome margin of almost 9 minutes, and David Messum’s Josephine took third. For Clarionet, today’s second place was a discard so they end the series counting an impressive five straight firsts. Gluckauf took the second step on the Class Three podium with Martin Thomas’ Charm of Rhu completing the line up.
Displaying remarkable speed and judgement Murdoch McKillop’s Saskia put in a stellar final performance to win her last race by almost 13 minutes, the biggest winning margin of the day. Lord Cork and David Glasgow’s Athena finished second with David Murrin’s Cetewayo in third. In the series results Saskia beat Athena by three points with Cetewayo in third.
Special mention today must go to Blue Eagle and Hatty, the two smallest boats in the regatta, who have frequently struggled to keep up with their big sisters in this year’s light airs. Blue Eagle is a 1964 Kroes en Zonen bermudan sloop built by AN Milnes and owned by renowned artist and illustrator Michael Frith, whilst Hatty is a 1963 Top Hat racer/cruiser designed by Captain John Illingworth, built by Souters of Cowes and owned by Nick Hughes. Both boats found themselves retiring from more races than they finished, but it was clear that their crews were having the time of their lives, always smiling and enjoying the wonderful ambiance of this very special regatta.
St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow from 24 to 27 January 2013
St. Moritz, 24 January 2013 – The world’s most famous polo tournament on snow starts today. For four days, St. Moritz will be transformed into a hot spot for polo fans and enthusiasts of equestrianism from around the globe. On the round robin principle, the four high-goal teams Cartier, Ralph Lauren, Sal. Oppenheim and BMW first play every other team on the frozen Lake St. Moritz. During the final game on Sunday, 27 January 2013, they will then be playing for the coveted Cartier Trophy.
Spectators at this year’s St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow can look forward to some highly competitive games by the four polo teams, Cartier, Ralph Lauren, BMW, and Deutsche Bank with their team Sal. Oppenheim, which are all competing with an 18-goal handicap, collecting valuable points for the Wold Polo Tour. On the round robin principle, each team first plays every other team. The tournament then climaxes with the third-place play-off and the final on Sunday. During the last game on Sunday, at 2.00 p.m., the finalists will be competing for first place and the Cartier Trophy. “Due to the equal handicaps, the teams promise exciting games at the highest level,” explains Bernhard Pöllinger, Head of Sports & Infrastructure at St. Moritz Polo Corporation, with anticipation.