Isle of Wight regatta record attempt

Led by the irrepressible Charlie Egerton-Warburton, the Brewin Dolphin International Grand Prix 2022 is expected to attract the biggest ever fleet of RS Elites, to assemble in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.  

Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the event, running from 9th to 12th June inclusive, will incorporate the 2022 RS Elite National Championships.

The regatta team have set a target of 55 plus boats on the starting line. That’s a significant increase on the previous record RS Elite fleet, which was also a Squadron event, when 42 boats attended the 2012 National Championships, one of six previous events Egerton-Warburton has organised for the class over the last decade.

The fleet at the marina, preparing their boats.
Sailors from Great Britain, Australia, Antigua, Canada, Italy, Norway and America aim to attend the event. Pic – John Roberson

With characteristic exuberance, Charlie is promising great competition on the waters of the Solent and an unrivalled social scene ashore.  A resident of the Island for many decades, one of his main themes is the promotion of Isle of Wight products and businesses, with the promise of an entry pack stuffed with a showcase of the island’s best goodies.

“I have attracted the best of the best in terms of race management, and can assure you that the off-water socials will be unforgettable,” said Egerton-Warburton. As well as a big commitment from the various U.K. based RS Elite fleets, there is interest from owners in Australia, Antigua, Canada, Italy, Norway and the USA.

Overseas interest is strong and growing, with Italy’s Paolo Pasquini confirming that they will be attending the event.

Designed by Phil Morrison, the RS Elite is a two to four person, high performance keelboat, that has attracted some very high quality sailors over the years, including Olympic medallists and world champions from both keelboat and dinghy classes. The Brewin Dolphin International Grand Prix was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic.

For further information contact: John Roberson +44 (0)79 1812 0384, robo_bandana@mac.com

By John Roberson

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