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ABN AMRO ONE winner of Class 0 IRC

5 August 2006
by Magnus Wheatley, on behalf of Cowes Combined Clubs and Cleo Petry

After a week that has seen her score five race wins and collect the prestigious Queen’s Cup, Britannia Cup and the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup along the way, Mike Sanderson's Black Betty takes the coveted overall title for Class 0 IRC. ABN AMRO ONE had a dominant performance from the most talked about ocean thoroughbred on the planet.

"The guys did a very good work out there and we are all very happy with this result. It's a shame there was no much breeze the last two days, but it's a privilege to be the winner of the Class 0 in this race", said Mike Sanderson.

Light breeze
The last racing day of the Skandia Cowes Week started with very light winds which remained till the end of the day. Classes 0 to 2 got away against the tide for shortened courses in the eastern and central Solent.
For the boats that did get away it was a frustrating day of sitting to leeward and trying to pick the patchy zephyrs of breeze that built and died from the mainland shoreline.

Class 0 IRC started cleanly off the offshore with ABN AMRO ONE streaking into the lead with her huge sail plan on a long fetch down to their first mark of East Bramble. The race officers wisely shortened the course after 15 miles and fired the winning gun for ABN AMRO ONE a little after 1.00 p.m.

“I firstly thought that those guys were here for fun, having a good time, but not. Obviously they are great professionals, they take it very seriously and keep focused and concentrated at all times. I just loved watching they work hard; trying to get the most of it even when there was no wind whatsoever. They don’t waste a second and I felt very safe on Mike Sanderson’s hands", said David Krige Portfolio Manager of Mondrian Investment Partners, guest sailing on board ABN AMRO ONE.

Second and third
The rest of the fleet trailed home in a large pack and once again it was Colm Barrington’s beautiful Ker 50 Magic Glove that took the win on corrected time with the late Kit Hobday’s Bear of Britain securing second place from Pieter Vroon’s Formidable 3.

Panthera and Magic Glove were respectively the second and the third in the overall scoreboard.


ABN AMRO ONE wins the historic Brittania Cup

2 August 2006
by Camilla Green

ABN AMRO ONE won the Britannia Cup, finishing first boat in Class 0 IRC in the race around the island at Skandia Cowes Week today. Hotly contested each year since 1951, The Britannia Cup is one of the largest trophies held in the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Sailing an east-about route round the island, Class 0 started a downwind leg from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at 10:30 this morning and finished five hours and six minutes later. Second place was ICAP Maximus followed by Panthera in third.

Happy Mike Sanderson said: “We have sailed 32,000 miles to prepare for the Cowes Week and the Britannia Cup is a really special trophy for everyone as it is steeped in history. As far as this regatta goes the round of the Isle of Wight was a pretty long race, but everyone worked really hard round the back of the island, where we were short tacking sailing upwind. We’re having some great racing here in Cowes."
Britannia Cup
This trophy was presented to the Royal Yachting Association in 1950 when Sir Peter Scott suggested to King George VI that larger yachts should compete for a new trophy. It was felt that the America’s Cup could not be restarted until after the war and that this new trophy would be a welcome new competition of international significance.