Here is the full blog and link to The Cowes UK News – RYS Bicentenary story.
20 May 2015
Celebrations commemorating the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta in Cowes are drawing closer and with less than 80 days left until the start of the event, for some competing yachts, preparation is getting frantic. They are getting ready for the Transatlantic Race which starts in less than two months from Newport, Rhode Island, and are headed towards the UK bringing them closer to the RYS Bicentenary start line in Cowes, England.
Amongst those going the extra few miles to be in the line-up, when the regatta celebrating the club’s 200 years starts on 25th July, are the beautiful S&S ketch Dorade built in 1930, McCurdy & Rhodes 48′ Carina and Swan 57 Noonmark V. None of the three are any stranger to long distance racing. In fact despite being a lady of a certain age, Dorade carries her 39ft waterline length, 53ft overall, to ever new achievements.
2015 will see her take part in another Transatlantic Race and another Fastnet Race – just as she did both in 1931. From Newport, Rhode Island to Cowes is a long way but, along with the rest of the now nearly 70 strong fleet, it will be worth being part of the dramatic line up of modern, ultramodern and vintage yachts including four of the magnificent J Class, vying on the Solent start line in front of the Royal Yacht Squadron Castle which dominates the water’s edge at Cowes.
Après sail activity will not disappoint either – tickets are selling fast for the Grand Party which takes place on Thursday July 30th at Queen Victoria’s historic home, Osborne House. An aerial display from the Air Squadron will enthral the ball guests who will be treated to dinner, dancing and entertainment from Jay Miller’s Circus with funfair attractions. Tickets are still available from The Royal Yacht Squadron which also takes pleasure in announcing an exclusive line up of event sponsors which include Rolex, UBS, Hiscox, North Sails and Moet et Chandon, with Slam as official clothing supplier.