Have you seen the cover of the new Cowes Harbour Handbook 2017-2018?   Dozens of X boats off the Squadron start line and First Substitute is displayed!

The illustration by Isle of Wight digital iPad artist, Sue Stitt, has been chosen by Cowes Harbour Commission for the Harbour Book’s front cover this year.   The lively picture is variously described as “Cowes RYS – Organised chaos, a ‘General Recall’ with the classic XODs…”

On closer inspection, some boats are flying spinnakers from an illegal position half-way between the top of the jib and the top of the mast.   And quite a few boats have no sail numbers.   Alert the Technical Committee – there’ll be a protest.

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