We have just been invited to sail in Mariette during the Westward Cup off Cowes
Eight of the most beautiful Big Class yachts in the world are lined up to come and grace the shores of the Solent and race in the second edition of the Westward Cup regatta, taking place 11-16 June 2012.
Run in association with the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) with the RYS as the Organising Authority, the Westward Cup was ﬁrst held in July 2010 and was a tremendous success for everyone taking part. It marked the revival of and interest in Big Class yacht racing in the Solent and around the world.
The following yachts will race in June:
- Moonbeam IV
This exquisite fleet of Big Class yachts will, for most of the races, be sailing within the confines of the Solent and anyone wishing to see them will be able to watch the starts and finishes from Cowes during the Westward Cup regatta. The key vantage points will be along the Cowes Parade below the RYS battlements and along Prince’s Green to the West.
It is incredible that these huge yachts who carry a racing crew of up to 40 can take up to half an hour to put up and another half an hour to take down their sails.
Owing to the amount of room these boats need to manoeuvre, there will be strict on-water guidelines in place for all spectator and pleasure craft and there will be safety boats patrolling during the racing.
The provisional schedule comprises four days of racing and one lay day. The yachts will be racing for a different Trophy each day after which owners, captains and their guests will be able to enjoy an evening ashore in Cowes.
- Tuesday 12th June: Race 1 for the Yacht Club de Monaco Trophy.
- Wednesday 13th June: Race 2 for the Boat International Media Trophy.
- Friday 15th June: Race 3 for the New York Yacht Club Trophy.
- Saturday 16th June: Race 4 for the Royal Yacht Squadron Trophy
Prizegiving ceremony taking place at the RYS Pavilion
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