On the back of winning their class in the famous Round the Island Race and then finishing third in the UK National Championships, Team RAFBF Spitfire won the J70 Class at Cowes Week. The team's manager and skipper Wing Commander Simon Ling tells us what it was like to compete at the event.
Cowes Week is the world's largest sailing regatta. It's always a tough event and brings with it a different type of racing with greater emphasis on weather, navigation and a need to avoid any ships not to mention the other 750 yachts competing.
The first four days were especially hard with two races a day in the super series and we were delighted to finish that part of the regatta in third place.
For the second half of the week, we raced once a day but over greater distance. The racing was very close!
On Thursday's race, the first three yachts finished within three seconds of one another after three hours of racing; thankfully we were at the head of that pack!
On Friday, we knew that if we could win the race, we could win the event and not have to race on the final day. Again, we had a huge battle with our closest rival but in the end we managed to overtake them and hold on for victory.
All in all it was a great week of racing and we were delighted to win the event. We love racing at Cowes Week and it’s really good to fly the flag of the RAF Benevolent Fund at such a high profile event.
Next for the team is the Autumn Championships in October. You can follow the team on Twitter at @RAFBF_SPITFIRE.