J70 Yacht Racing at Cowes

Many thanks to the OC Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron for hosting a team of Carthusians for a day of sunshine and J70 yacht racing at Cowes

Sunday 20 June started with a slight drizzle and little wind but the weather forecast was for clearing skies and a gentle breeze. As we arrived in Cowes, we could see that the weather was warming up, so most of us left our heavier wet weather gear at the Squadron and walked out in shorts and a light waterproof.

The fleet of six J70 yachts were tied up and almost ready to go, moored alongside Shephard’s Marina. The squadron RIBS towed us out into the bay to be met with a flat calm sea, so we anchored, swam and ate lunch. Anemoi took pity on us so we finished lunch in a hurry as the wind picked up and we wanted to get on with the sailing. Three exciting races followed where a wide range of routes and tactics were used, with the final race being an exhilarating downwind leg back to harbour.

Some of us may have pulled on the wrong rope or made a tactical error, but with collaboration between crew and good guidance from our skippers, we enjoyed every turn of these yachts and even enjoyed the rather stressful raising and lowering of the spinnaker.      

Charterhouse pupils acquitted themselves well in all but their sad inability to demolish all of the cream tea and chocolate brownies served on the Squadron terrace. Despite this failing, they have all been invited back next year, with the proposal that we invite another school for some competitive racing between us.

Many thanks go to David Aisher (S68) and Tim Miller (P83), OCYC, who arranged the sailing. Thanks also go to Mr Tully for the seamless planning, Mr Tully and Mr Bagley for their safe driving and navigation, and to our nine Carthusian yachtsmen:

Freddie Cowling

Max Dyer

Freddie Halford

Jasper Kenney

James Koch

Alex Makelberge

Charlie Nation-Dixon

Gus Skordios

Louis Wilson