Cowes Week, Further Reading

One of a series of paintings some of which were ‘plien aire’,  I’ve made over when attending the world’s most famous regatta, Cowes Week.

Prince Phillip
Cowes Week on The Royal Yacht Squadron club house line.

61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), oils,  available, £12,000.

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For this particular race, I was able to  witness first hand Prince Philip’s triumph.

Yeoman XXVIII” with Prince Phillip at the helm, passing the Western Esplanade, leading her class, taking the winning gun from the Royal Yacht Squadron.

My thanks go especially to one of the ‘old boys’ I found and  ‘cultivated’ in a pub on the West quay, a Cowes waterman, we shared a few beers and a few yarns.

I found all the local West Cowes people very helpful, kind, a good crowd.

Prince Phillip has over many years been an enthusiastic supporter & asset to Cowes Week, contributing humour, prestige and importantly, leadership.

Many are the yarns circulating about this colourful ‘Royal’.

On one occasion when Phillip had made a mistake rounding a mark.

An angry competitor yelled ” Who do you think you are? You don’t own the ruddy place” to which Phillip coolly replied, “no, but my wife does“.

A friend of the Aisher family, he sailed their Sigma 38, “Yeoman XXVIII” on quite a few occasions.

Having watched him in action, I produced this and another painting on speculation, to record a little of the flavour of a typical day from this famous annual regatta.

Yachting World, Rolex Nautor Swan Prize

Another ‘Cowes Week’ painting, this one produced from studies made during the regatta.

Presented at The London International Boat Show, the green hull yacht won the race on corrected time.

Andrew Bray, Editor of Yachting World, presented this painting as the prize for winning the final race, sponsored by Yachting World,  in the 5 day series.

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