Sailing: Full Pelt in charge on confused day

CONFUSION REIGNED in Cowes yesterday as yachts sailing in both Class 2 and 3 races were asked first to sail one course and then another, writes Stuart Alexander.

Those who sailed the changed course - broadcast twice on the radio - thought their results should stand. Those who did not, either wanted the race thrown out or their own result acknowledged.

But there was no doubt in the minds of those who sailed the proper course about who should have won. The winner all the way round was Stephen Fein's Swan 48 Full Pelt with the Olympic bronze medallist Jo Richards, Kiwi Flying Dutchman sailor Graham Deegan, and long-time Solent expert Chris Preston calling the shots at the back.

A new trio headed Class 1 with two golden oldies, the Swan 65 Accurist and the 12-Metre Crusader, sandwiching the J90 J Lance 2.

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