1997 - Cowes (England)
Organised by LBS
Overal winner : Christopher Preston - Cranfield (winner in 1993) second crew to have won twice
after Colin Simmonds, also a Cranfield alumni)
Thursday : Registration, Practice Sailing, victualling
Friday 3 races, last leg to end at the entrance of the Beaulieu river (mooring at Buckler's Hard)
Saturday: 3 races, last leg to end at Cowes (berthing at West Cowes).
Sunday : no wind motoring back to Port Solent
Supervision : Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club
Boats : Sun Fast 36 (Jeanneau)
Friday : Mixed Physical/cultural Challenge at Buckler's Hard - Champagne Mumm reception and buffet supper on board Kitty, a last century Thames sailing barge.
Saturday : Gala dinner in the sir Max Atkins Museum (Cowes), each crew gives a speech/song/poem.Splendid sailing up the Beaulieu river to Buckler's Hard, where Admiral
Nelson used to have his warships built.
Racing in view of the mythic silhouette of the Needles.
Can a Thames sailing barge accomodate for a 120 person? Yes!!!
Who is this Linda who had such a success during the Saturday night cabaret? A very convincing Museum manager was necessary to calm the enthusiasm down.
It took more than a few minutes for the non-UK crews to get used to the complex algebra of the numbered Solent racing buoys.
No wind on Sunday morning ... Yes you can swim in the Solent!