Team GB stars come out for end of regatta

ABERDEEN Asset Management Cowes Week is drawing to a close and today sees the last day of racing for most boats. Zara Phillips was in town yesterday, starting off the round the island race, but her husband Mike Tindall was hit with a training schedule change so missed the hospitality.

Thursday was Ladies Day, which celebrates outstanding female contribution to sailing. With so many of the London 2012 Olympics medals coming from females, it’s the perfect year to honour the woman! The day culminated in an evening reception awarding the Ladies Day Trophy to Annie O'Sullivan, director of Sail for Girls, sailing this week in IRC Class 4.

Sarah Ayton, my former Olympic team-mate, is in town today, but rather than on the water we’re meeting with her sons and mine, while her husband Nick Dempsey joins 12 other Team GB sailors for a celebration day in Cowes.

Back on the water, sailors will be keeping a close eye on scores and their rivals. As it’s windy I’d want to know what my competitors are up to, but I’d be sailing my own race, trying to sail fast at all times and slowing them down if I could without affecting my race. The overall leaders in the White Group are Ziva, a Victory, Harlequin, a Redwing, and Lady Penelope, a Squib. The Black Group leaders are Elandra a First 40.7, the IRC 5 Fever Glenfiddich and Woof, an IRC 7.

While the official prize giving is tomorrow at 7pm, tonight Cowes sees the unofficial closing of another great regatta with a fireworks display at 9:30pm. I’m sure, as ever, it’ll be spectacular.

Sarah Gosling is a double gold medal-winning former Olympic sailor.