Cowes Week closes in spectacular fashion with Comedian Bobby Davro in the crowd
THE final day of Cowes Week featured short, action-packed races, culminating in a spectacularly busy finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Comedian, Bobby Davro, was among those in attendance.
He was spotted by Mo Barnard and Sandra Revert.
Sandra said he was "so lovely" and happy to have his picture taken.
Rupert Mander in his Flying 15 Men Behaving Badly won his race by almost two and a half minutes, and in so doing, became the sole boat at the regatta to post an unbroken run of race wins.
As well as his class win, he was also crowned overall winner of the White Group dayboat classes.
Peter and Alison Morton's Swan 36 Scherzo of Cowes, meanwhile, won all but one race to win IRC Class 6 with a day to spare.
The immaculately restored boat also won Black Group overall, and claimed the title of Overall Cowes Week winner.
Scherzo sailed with a team of eight, including yacht designer Hugh Welbourne on the mainsheet, and Doug Vincett as boat captain and navigator, plus his daughters and other guests on different days.
"It's been a memorable week, with generally excellent courses and pretty good sailing," said Morton.
"We were pressed hard in every race by Ian Handley on the Mustang 30 Banter, with the two of us fighting it out every day.
"We were slightly faster upwind, but they had an edge downwind, especially in strong winds."
Other stand out performances included Adam Gosling's JPK1080 Yes! in IRC Class 2, which went into the final race heading the overall Black Group leaderboard, counting only class wins.
Finishing third on the day, Gosling retained the class win by a margin of three points, but the result pushed him down to second in the overall Black Group rankings.
Kevin Downer and Tim Eccles' 23ft Jeanneau Fun Ziggy started the week with five straight wins in IRC Class 7.
As a result, they headed the Black Group leaderboard for several days — an impressive result for a boat bought for only £500 and refitted using second-hand spars, sails and deck fittings.
A second place on Thursday and a fifth place on Friday meant that, despite wining the class with a day to spare, they dropped to third overall in Black Group.
Giovanni Belgrano's 38ft Laurent Giles classic Whooper won IRC Class 5 with a day to spare, having scored four wins and two second places.
Francois Goubau's Belgian Beneteau First 47.7 Moana achieved the same feat in IRC Class 1, as did Robert Baker's J/97 Jaywalker in IRC Class 4.
Charle's Esse's X4.3 Baby X won all but two races in the Performance Cruiser A class, as did Neil Miller's Dufour 40 Elidie in Performance Cruiser B, both winning their respective classes with a day to spare.
Nick Hampton's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey Scandal won the Cruising Association sponsored Club Cruiser classes overall with a similarly impressive performance.
Roger Wickens' Danny took victory in the Sunbeam class with a day to spare and started the final day second overall on the White Group leaderboard.
However, an altercation with Grantham Rocks a little to the west of the RYS start line forced him to retire and as a result he dropped five places on the overall White Group rankings.
At the same time, a number of classes went to the wire.
In IRC Class 0, three boats went into the final day separated by only four points.
A win for Ian Atkins' GP42 Dark n Stormy sealed his overall class title.
IRC Class 3 saw a week-long battle between Mike Bridges' JPK1010 Elaine Again and John Howell and Paul Newell's A31 Arcus, with the two boats tied on points going into the final race.
In the tightest of finishes, Bridges took line honours, just two seconds ahead of the higher rated Arcus, thus sealing his overall class win.
In the Sonar class, Simon Clarke's Jenny won, just a single point ahead of Alistair Barter's Bertie.
Andrew Cassell Foundation's ACF Dolphin took third place.
Clarke's performance also saw him take second overall in White Group.
Hong Kong visitor Jamie McWilliam's Macho Grande won the Etchells class on countback, tied on points with Nick Stagg's China Wight.
In the dragon class, a final-day win for Graham and Julia Bailey in Bluebottle — just 11 seconds ahead of Eric Williams' Ecstatic — saw them leapfrog to class victory with 13 points.
At the start of the final XOD race, the top four boats were separated by only two points.
A second place was enough for Richard Faulkner's Swallow to the top of the leaderboard.
A fourth place finish for John Tremlett's Astralita secured second overall.