Flying Glove gives Irish major boost with Cowes victory

WITH a pair of first places from two starts at Skandia Cowes Week, Dublin’s Colm Barrington’s Ker 39 Flying Glove is the best of the Irish entries so far at the massive annual regatta on the Solent.

Barrington and his crew are already comfortable favourites to win IRC Class 1 at Cowes.

Yesterday they won by one and a half minutes, an exact repeat performance of Saturday. With a south-westerly arriving on cue for their start, the race was completed in just over two hours yesterday.

“We won on simple, conservative sailing and good boat-speed, and keeping our lanes of clear breeze.” Reported Flying Glove’s David Nixon.

Both times their closest opposition has been the First 47.7 Moana which has improved significantly since representing Belgium at the Rolex Commodore’s Cup in 2004.

Having won all three events on their recent tour of major Irish regattas, including Kinsale’s Sovereign’s Cup, Galway’s Eamon Conneely and his crew on the TP52 Patches, made a perfect opening to their Cowes challenge on Saturday with a clear victory, but yesterday they dropped to eighth on corrected time in IRC Class Zero.

The English Ker 55 Aera, skippered by Jez Fanstone won yesterday and was second to Patches when they won by a clear three minutes on Saturday.

In IRC Class 1 Dublin’s Tim Costello and his Scottish Series winning Mills 40 Tiamat are second overall in the class after placing fifth in both of their first two races. On Saturday Tiamat finished 23 minutes behind Team Volvo for Life, which is being steered by Britain’s double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie.

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