Cowes Week dinner at the Royal London

​For tickets please contact Drew 

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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
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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:…/pdf/CCW_Manual_Entry_Form_2018…

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)


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

The event website is here=> 

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

if you intend to enter would be appreciated.

Thanks, Geoff Dixon 

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​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.

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Prize giving 2017 Photos

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

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​​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

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