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Spitfire set to conquer Cowes

Team Spitfire is an intrepid team of RAF sailors who are proud to support the RAF Benevolent Fund. The team are just about to enter the Cowes annual regatta. Tony Hanlon, a former Harrier pilot, tells us more.

Fresh from our success at the J80 UK National Championship in June, the crew of Spitfire carry the flag of the RAF Benevolent Fund to Cowes for the annual regatta.

Team SpitfireThe pressure is truly on this year after a very strong result for Spitfire last year. Spitfire achieved a record of five firsts and one second last year, giving us victory overall in class and an amazing fifth overall in the whole of our group.

This year they aim to repeat that success but the competition will be out to upset that plan. There is a race every day from Saturday 6 August to Friday 12 August and the results will be posted daily.

Follow the race results on the Cowes Week website, looking for 'Spitfire' under White Group results, J80 Class.

You can even watch the start live on Cowes TV, and look out for the RAF Benevolent Fund heart roundel on the spinnaker.

Following their progress most closely of all will be Wing Commander Simon Ling. Simon was skipper of the team during last year’s success, but this year has to be a distant observer as he is serving in Afghanistan.

Andy Rodwell and Ian Southworth will return as normal and Flight Lieutenant Ton Kinsley completes the team of four.

Tony Hanlon

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