1. Cowes Week

    Sat 4 Aug 2018 to Fri 10 Aug 2018

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​Double race report from Thursday and Saturday…. Ta-Dah!!

Thursday nights race - a very square line and a port hand flyer.

OOD was from Tom and Duncan, they set a superb line off Alfie. The course was set-

Gleeds p

KB p

Gleeds P

Line - Finish

At the committee boat end of the line there was a pile up and lots of boats were early and had to come back again, Kim Taylor went for the port hand flyer on Z76 and nailed it!

The fleet set off for Gleeds with boats spread across the race area. Z76, Z70, Z71 and Z57 were in the front pack heading along the wall. Z71 came out of the pack in the lead as Z76 tacked off followed by Z57 and Z70.

Z71 nearly overstood Gleeds (we even set the spinnaker pole briefly) but right to left tide taking us onto the windward mark meant we just made it round in first position followed by Z57 and then the rest of the fleet.

The committee boat decided to shorten the course due to the lightening breeze, the race was to finish at Alfie. If was then a sprint to the finish!!

Final results from the first 3rd Thursday race-

1st Z71

2nd Z57

3rd Z78

4th Z76

5th Z70

6th Z68

7th Z54

8th Z48

9th Z58

Thanks to Tom and Duncan on Z74 for some great racing!

Onto Saturdays report-

Z71 wouldn't normally be out twice in a week but we had some Cowes Week training planned.

Gareth, Stretch and myself were dutifully volunteered to be gate boat, setting a course which required actual navigation!!

Start at Alfie

Spit Elbow s

KB p

Mary Rose p

Gleeds p

Mary Rose p

KP s

Line- Finish

Z69 went for the far end of the gate with Z70, Z78 crossing closer to Alfie. Z71 tacked back once the gate had closed and the fleet headed up the edge of the channel until 2 Bar, where we are allowed to race in the channel, the strongest tide was in the deep water of the channel and the whole fleet headed up past the nav aids to Spit Elbow. Close racing with lots of gains and losses up the first beat, but Z71 just pipped the rest of the fleet and rounded the windward mark in the lead.

The downwind leg to KB was fairly uneventful, Z69 and Z78 enjoyed a little tussle. Rounding KB the fleet stood on for a little before tacking off, except Z78 who wanted to try something different and nearly ended up going to Ryde!

Up to Mary Rose the fleet still stayed close together, with Z78 looking like they might've made gains. Rounding Mary Rose Z71 was in the lead with Z70, Z78 and Z69 following. With a short loop to Gleeds and then back up to Mary Rose, the standing didn't change. It was now downwind to KB and reaching to Alfie.

Z71 finished exactly 1 minute ahead of Z78 who fought hard to overtake Z70 and then Z69.

The final race was to the bar, flying our spinnakers into the harbour in the back eddy- because why not, the fleet gathered at the Mary Mouse for a cool beer in the sunshine.

Thanks to all four boats for some great racing and perfect racing conditions, what a way to spend a Saturday!!!

The next Victory Class race is tomorrow night and it is the Pursuit race, please see the sailing instructions online for your start time. 

Thursday night, Z57 flying spinnaker just after the race
Thursday night, view from Z71 of the fleet
Saturday afternoon, Z71 after race
Saturday afternoon, Z71 flying their spinnaker into the harbour
Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 16-Jul-2018 By Zoe Whittaker in Sailing & racing

Cowes Week dinner at the Royal London

​For tickets please contact Drew 

Gareth Penn’s avatar 11-Jul-2018 By Gareth Penn in Sailing & racing, Social

Cowes Classics 2018

​Social Information for those attending Cowes Classics on 25th July

​If you study the photo very closely you will find the Victory Class's very own Geoff Dixon and Zoe Whittaker enjoying free drinks on the RYS Lawn after racing at Classics last year. The event includes free afternoon tea at the RLYC every afternoon and a number of free prize giving receptions on several evenings at around 18:30. Full details are here


On Wednesday 25th the evening social is again a Sponsors reception on the RYS Lawn, included in your entry. Although of course it is harder to attend from Portsmouth, I would urge anyone sailing who has the necessary transport (RIB) to consider a run to Cowes to represent the class at the evening event (you may not make it for afternoon tea). For info I believe we wrapped up racing by about 14:30 last year.

We currently have 8 boats intending to race on July 25th.

Any questions contact Geoff Dixon
Geoff Dixon’s avatar 05-Jul-2018 By Geoff Dixon in Social

Race Report Tuesday 26 June Harbour Race

​After a delayed start due to QHM requiring the WightLink ferry to have the same traffic clearance as QM2 we sailed up to Z2 for the start. An optimistic course of B4 (p), C6 (p), B4 (p), V3 (p) to finish at B1 was set. Now you may ask yourself, as all the competitors did, where is C6? Well if one were to travel towards Fareham, further North than any Victory has ever dared to travel before, then you'd find C6. Had we known we were going so far from home then those looking for crew could have used the words of Sir Ernest Shackleton: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful."

In fact this quote largely sums up the race other than to add that the rudder stocks on every competitor now need re greasing due to excessive tacking and that several boats need to be pressure washed to remove the very sticky Gosport mud that clung to crew and helms feet and legs as they manfully shoved their trusty stead away from the clinging mud. The crew of 77 were very diplomatic regarding their helms striptease. He claimed he was to avoid getting his clothes wet however this is likely to have been just an excuse!

I'm unable to give any details of how the race was sailed as most of my evening was spent dodging rusting battleships, moored yachts, fishing boats, red and green posts and standing in the mud.

At the end, after shortening the course to avoid returning to PSC after closing time the result was: 68, 75, 70.

At the end all agreed that racing up the harbour was something best left to other people. 

Gareth Penn’s avatar 28-Jun-2018 By Gareth Penn in Sailing & racing

Wednesday at Classic Cowes Week

​Further information on the arrangements for the Class to again participate on the Wednesday of Cowes Classic Week on 25th July 2018:

Those who came and enjoyed the racing last year know that RLYC provided a day of multiple races for us within reach of Portsmouth and we had a great day. For 2018, the current planning is very much to repeat the experience of last year with the committee boat tucked in around Peel Bank and Wootton, and with last years race officer Amanda Harding and her team on 'John Dory' in charge again.

For the classes concerned there is room for a race course in a number of different wind directions at the above location, and the RLYC's intention in any event is to keep the circuit area to the East of Cowes so we do not have to travel any further West then necessary to give decent racing in the weather prevailing on the day.

Event details are attached, I do hope many of the class can make it, it was a great days racing last year!

Entry fee will be £28 for the day and the entry form is here:


Please use this form and not the online entry on the 'Classics' site as that is for the full week only. Entry forms may be emailed with credit card details or posted hardcopy with a cheque to the Sailing Secretary at the RLYC (Nicky Symonds)

Email: sailing@rlyc.org.uk 

Address: Royal London Yacht Club, The Parade, Cowes, Isle of Wight. PO31 7QS

The event website is here=> http://www.cowesclassicsweek.org 

Look forward to seeing you on the water - letting me know 

if you intend to enter would be appreciated.

Thanks, Geoff Dixon 

Gareth Penn’s avatar 26-Jun-2018 By Gareth Penn in Sailing & racing

Race Report Saturday 16th June - President’s Shield 4 of 5

​ Probably the breeziest race of the year so far - South West 20 odd knots, gusting 29 or more.

Racing got away promptly with Z78 acting as Gate Boat and three other starters, Z70, Z54 and Z69.

Course chosen was starting from Alfie, Kemps Quay to port, Alfie to Starboard, Royal Albert & RNC to Port, Alfie to Starboard to finish.

Z69 was the only two up boat, Z78 welcoming newcomer Owain Little to his first Victory Race and his second ever sailing weekend, a bit of a baptism of fire !

Gate closed after 39 seconds as all boats had started however as we reached KB, Z70 decided that discretion was the better part of valor and made an early retreat back to the harbour. The three remaining boats had a close fought moist battle up the beat towards the Isle of Wight with there being scarcely 5 boat lengths between them all as they crossed tacks. With all three searching for the elusive Kemps Quay, it was Z78 that got lucky and found it right on the nose as the other two overstood. This allowed Z78 to steal the lead at the windward mark after about 40 minutes of race time. The downhill journey back was interesting with the ebb tide now flowing hard against the wind off of Gilkicker. I think all three kites were dropped as gybing took place in the surfing conditions. The places remained unchanged but close to the end of the second round. Race complete in around one hour forty tiring minutes.

Finishing positions




Z70 Ret

Sid Dollery’s avatar 18-Jun-2018 By Sid Dollery in Sailing & racing
Gareth Penn’s avatar 07-Jun-2018 By Gareth Penn in Sailing & racing

​For Sale – Half Share in Z72 Zingara - £4995.00

​​Zingara was built in 1990 and was the last of the prestigious wooden Perry victories to have been built.  Zingara is in excellent condition and has been fitted out to a high standard.  The sails are still competitive but are getting on a bit, so the boat would benefit from a new suit at some time in the future.  She comes complete with trolley, outboard and tender although the latter is subject to separate agreement. Interested parties should contact Sid Dollery 07740 774731 or Andrew Thomas 07831 865093.

Gareth Penn’s avatar 18-May-2018 By Gareth Penn in For sale

Prize giving 2017 Photos

​A selection of photos taken by Geoff Dixon at the Victory Class Prize giving 


​​Z79 offers aunique opportunity to enter the exciting world of Victory sailing with a brand new GRP boat fully fitted out for racing, including a full set of sails.

Provisionally called Zing – because of her lively performance in winning her test race – Z79 was recently built by David Heritage in Cowes.

Zing was commissioned by the Victory Class to ensure that a top class, racing-ready new Victory would be available to potential new owners wanting to get on the water without delay.

Zing was fully fitted out for racing by David Heritage and tuned and set up by Shaun Hopkins. She is fully compliant with the European Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). She has been tried and tested in the Victory Class course in one race, which she won decisively. Since then, Zing has been laid up and is being maintained to its build standard and is ready to sail immediately. 

There are only two photos of Z79 in existence, both of which are shown here, however she is built to identical standards as Z78 which is also pictured here and is available to view and test sail. 

Price £28,000

Viewing by appointment. Ring Hugh

Pringle on 07973 176501 or email hughpringle@btinternet.com