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A bumper total of 78 boats are entered for Classics Week and Cowes Week. This healthy entry
comprises 22 boats for Classics Week only, 26 for Cowes Week only, and 30 for both.
Classics Week, Monday 11 – Friday 15 July
The XOD entry stands at 52 boats, the largest fleet in Classics Week, and this will produce four
days of very competitive racing on the windward/leeward laid mark courses. It could also
produce a good photo opportunity, if X175 GIN sails anywhere near X173 TONIC or X10 IT.
XOD Telegraph Bowl, Cowes, Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July
Five races during the weekend following Classics Week. All information on racing, Entry and the
Saturday evening BBQ is on the RORC website: www.rcyc.co.uk/events/racing-events
XOD Central Solent Championships, Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 July
Six races for the XOD Champs. Racing, berthing, Hamble accommodation information and Entry
is via the Royal Southern YC website: www.royal-southern.co.uk/Afloat/On-line-Entry
Taittinger Regatta, Yarmouth, Friday 29 – Sunday 31 July
All information on racing, Entry, the Champagne Reception and Charity Towers Party is on the
Royal Solent YC website: www.royalsolent.org/taittinger_regatta/2016-taittinger-regatta
Household Division YC and RYS Regattas, Cowes, Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 July
This is part of the CCCA Solent shoreline Series and the NoR, SIs and Entry form is on the
Cowes Harbour Commission website: www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/ccca
AAM Cowes Week, 6-13 August
To date, 56 XODs are entered for Cowes Week, so we are still the largest white group fleet, and
the week promises to be as challenging as ever, racing around the cans for the Captain’s Cup.
Three XOD Youth Bursary Awards for Cowes Week
The XOD Youth Bursary was instigated following the Centenary to encourage young crews to
compete in the XOD fleet in Cowes Week. Three awards have been granted this year.
X8 Annex – Max Moyles, Ben Shorrock, Alistair Grant
Max crewed for Rory Paton in X48 XL in Cowes Week 2015 and decided to form a team of
youth sailors to race in Cowes Week himself. Max is 18 years old and was in the Optimist
National Squad for two years, then the 420s Youth Squad, being twice selected for the world
championships (although he couldn’t afford to go) and since 2015, has been sailing 29ers,
coming 3rd in the Winter championships. Max’s crew are Ben Shorrock and Alistair Grant.
Ben is 17, has raced Mirrors in the National Squad and was in the 420 Transition Squad.
Alistair was also in the Optimist National Squad for two years and is in the Laser Radial
Transition Squad. They have kindly been lent X8 Annex by John Morrow.
X72 Venus – Nik Froud, Charlie Cox, Henry Lloyd-Williams
Nik was awarded an XOD Bursary in 2014 sailing with the same crew, achieving a 1st place in
the Wednesday race that year. All three sailed XODs together in 2015 between dinghy sailing
commitments, coming 3rd in the Lymington XOD Autumn Series. Nik is aged 20 and was the
2007 Optimist Junior National Champion, a member of the 2012/13 RYA Youth squad, the
2013 Laser Radial Autumn National Champion and was 15th in the Laser Radial Youth Worlds
2013. Charlie Cox is aged 21 and was in the 2008/9 Optimist National squad, was the 2011
and 2012 International 420 RYA Youth National Champion, and came 7th in the 420 Youth
Worlds 2011 and 8th in the 420 Worlds 2012. Henry Lloyd-Williams is 22 years old and was
in the 2007/8 Optimist National squad, the 2009-11 RYA 29er National squad and became the
2010 and 2011 RYA 29er Youth National Champion. He was in the 2012-14 RYA 49er
Podium Potential squad and came 6th in the 49er Youth World Championships in 2013. The
team have entered X72 Venus, which is co-owned by Nik, for Cowes Week 2016.
X111 Annabel – Jack Yeoman, Charlotte Fitzgerald, Lucy Hartley
Jack is 23 years old and has raced since he was 6 years old in Optimists and Mirrors. He won
the Youth (U19) European Championship aged 12, then moved to 420s, helming in the GBR
World Championship team at the age of 13 and winning 420 races at the RYA National Youth
Championship. He crewed for his father, Roger Yeoman in X50 Xcitation in 2015, winning
Itchenor Points Week. Jack will be sailing with Charlotte Fitzgerald, who helmed in the GBR
420 team and Lucy Hartley, an ex Mirror squaddie. They are both 21 and sailed in all the
Mirror squads to a high level. Charlotte represented GBR in the International 420 World
Championships, while Lucy sailed for her university team at Bristol and went into the
instructing side, running many courses at Itchenor. David McGregor has kindly offered the use
of X111 Annabel and Haines Boatyard is helping to prepare and launch her.
No pressure there for the rest of us, then.
Flat share for Cowes Week
David Palmer (X188 Princess Jalina) is offering a flat share for Cowes Week in a really great two
bedroom flat in Osborne Court – a double bedroom which would take either a single person or a
couple. The entrance is between Regatta office and the Royal London YC. Pleasant living room
with views onto the Solent; well appointed kitchen; bath/shower room. Half share the rental cost
for 8 nights, Friday August 5th to Saturday Aug 13th. Contact David on: email@example.com
Cowes Week social events
All welcome to the Island SC BBQ, the XOD Class Cocktail Party and the Cowes XOD Division’s
Red, White and Blue party. Bookings now open via Tina: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poole Week, 21-26 August
Racing in Poole Harbour and Poole Bay with up to two races per day. Daily sponsored Prize
Giving, an XOD Dinner, Tea Party and evening entertainment. Contact the Parkstone XOD
Divisional Captain, Jim Adams, on email@example.com or 07815 297598, for more
information. For the NoR and Entry, see the event website: http://www.pooleweek.org/
For Sale: Car Registration Number X1 8OAT
The owners of car registration number X1 8OAT have been in touch to say they have decided to
sell this number but have it on retention. If you are interested, an offer to the owners could
secure X1 8OAT for you. Contact Brigitte on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“ALL AT SEA”
The July issue of this freebie, out next week, has an article about the XOD Class contributed by
our XOD Press Officer, Malcolm Taylor. They were interested in running Class profiles and their
editor has just reported that they are running the feature in the July issue and it looks great. So
look out for ALL AT SEA at clubs and other venues around the Solent and enjoy a good read!
News on proposed XOD Rule changes
This is advance notice that some rule changes are being considered by the Class Committee and
more information with the rationale behind the proposals will be promulgated to members in early
July. This is to give everyone an opportunity to consider the proposals and discuss them with
other members of the Class in other Divisions during the summer season of open events in the
Solent. All comments and feedback is valued and very welcome, and should be directed through
your Divisional Captain, Vice Captain and TAC representative.
Fair winds and good sailing