Ratsey Boat, Cormorant - Spring Classics

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A grey start on arrival day for Cowes Spring Classics saw Steve bending sails onto the Rastey boat Cormorant having just managed to get her ready in time for the start of the regatta (see picture with the sail on deck and the conveniently placed sail tie in the shot!). By late afternoon most boats had arrived and as usual so many Classic boats moored together, some dressed overall create a fabulous sight. At 18:30hrs the welcome drinks were well attended by all competitors followed by a great BBQ. The Sugar Store where the social side of the regatta was held looked great and we were very proud to see our Ratsey banners on the walls adding to the atmosphere.

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The forecast was for light airs on the Saturday and with a strong spring (ebb) tide to contend with the Ratsey team were praying for more breeze. After a great start, Cormorant was perfectly placed but unfortunately after working hard to the first windward mark there just wasn’t enough breeze to get around so reluctantly the team retired. All other boats in their class except the big Essex fishing smack either failed to finish or retired due to lack of breeze which was a great shame. The boats however, looked wonderful, the sun was shining and the atmosphere in Shepards Marina that evening was such that, the Ratsey and Lapthorn Gin Bar which we hosted in conjunction with Isle of Wight’s Mermaid Gin, was a very popular event and a good time was had by all!


Sunday dawned and with little breeze likely the team took the decision not to take Cormorant out. With so much tide and no wind (or rib driver to save them), even the race committee suggested all engineless boats remain tied to the dock. Instead the team took Cormorant back to her mooring which conveniently is in Cowes Harbour and they opened a bottle of cold fizzy stuff and enjoyed the views – very sensible!

Later in the afternoon the team headed to the prize giving and met up with the other boats flying Ratsey sails including Aeolus and Whooper. Once again Gio the owner of Whooper was collecting silverware having won his class with a full suit of Ratsey sails. Well done team Whooper!

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Ratsey & Lapthorn are sailmakers based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. We specialise in racing sails, cruising sails and classic sails. Combining the latest sail making technology with hundreds of years of experience established within the loft, no boat is too big or too small.