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Cowes Week triumph for 42 South

  • Cowes Week
  • 10-17 August, 2019
42 South win IRC Zero and the Britannia Cup at Cowes Week 2019 (Shaun Roster Photography)

Mark Rijkse’s FAST40+ 42 South made a meteoric comeback to FAST40+ racing winning the big boat IRC Zero Class at Cowes Week 2019. After taking time out for family and work commitments, Mark Rijkse returned to racing, winning four of the six race series, including lifting the Britannia Cup and the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup.

42 South (James Tomlinson)

Racing on 42 South for Cowes Week 2019: Mark Rijkse, Dave Swete, Mike Henning, John Hunter-Hamilton, Arianne van de Loosdrecht, Will Semken, Nick Meadow, James Oxenham, Tom Cheney, Julian Knights, Jo Assael, George Jubb, Tori Akhurst, Rory Hunter.

Close Racing at Cowes Week (Shaun Roster Photography)

“We had no aspirations of winning coming into the regatta, our goals were to sail well and have some fun,” smiled Mark Rijkse. “The first day was a windy one, and the team that had been put together worked extremely well to score our first race win and that set the tone for the regatta. As any owner will tell you, when a team comes together and sails well with a great mood on board, there is nothing to beat it. Racing against other FAST40+ especially Redshift and Arabella made it all the more intense. The whole 42 South worked extremely well but I would have to mention Mike Henning who sent us the right way around the courses and Dave Swete for some fantastic downwind trimming. Our upwind speed was a big part of our success but the most important factor was that we worked well together and the atmosphere on the boat was superb. These boats are just amazing to race. I have to say that Cowes Week has definitely brought that feeling back, especially winning the Britannia Cup when I look at all the famous names on the trophy.”

Congratulations to Mark Rijkse and his team onboard 42 South. Winners Class Zero at Cowes Week,” commented FAST40+ Race Director Stuart Childerley. “Ed Fishwick’s Redshift was third and Niall and Oliver Dowling’s Arabella fourth. The FAST40+ teams have again proved that these boats are very competitive racing under IRC, providing owners and their teams the opportunity to race in IRC class events alongside the FAST40+ Race Circuit. Eight or nine teams will be competing next weekend at the HYS FAST40+ National Championships, based out of HYS in Hamble for the HYS Cup. “