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15th Jul, 2015

A trio of 15 year-old brothers (DOB 27/2/2000) who started sailing Optimist dinghies at the age of eight at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club (RVYC) on the Isle of Wight, will be racing in the highly competitive 11-strong Squib class at this year's Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week. They will race on Tuesday 21st July, the Winkworth/Royal Victoria Yacht Club Race Day, then again at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in August. Hudson Wight Performance Sailwear is official clothing sponsor for Cowes Classics Week and is also supporting the identical triplets as a personal sponsor.

Charlie, Harry and Tom White, quickly progressed to racing in earnest and dominated the Oppie class, collectively going on to win all the Series championships. They took part in mainland open championships in Lymington, Datchet and at Grafham Water, sailed an RS Feva in the 'On Board' Championship at Southampton Boat Show in 2011 and won.

The boys will be racing the RVYC Squib 'Alice', Sail number 777. The Squib is a 19ft fixed keelboat with mace coloured sails. They have been busy this week practicing their spinnaker skills and will be hoping for a mid-fleet position on Tuesday, although they are up against some very high calibre sailors.

This is their first Cowes Classics Week together on a Squib although Charlie did join his Mum Angie during last year's Cowes Week for one race and absolutely loved it. This experience inspired him along with encouragement from the Class Captain Marney Gibson and National Chair Steve Warren-Smith. Charlie is on the helm, Harry is the tactician and Tom is on spinnaker duty.


Notes to Editors

The Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week, is delighted that Hudson Wight Performance Sailwear is continuing its valued sponsorship of the fastest growing regatta in the country, and has been re-appointed as official clothing supplier for 2015.

Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week has been growing at over 20% per year since its inception in 2008 and expects to further expand in 2015 by increasing the number of boats participating in established classes - particularly XODs, Classic Yachts and Classic Dayboats. In recognition of this continued growth of Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week, the Hudson Wight sponsorship is worth even more this year!

Hudson Wight is supplying A4 branded competitor bags that were particularly well received when first introduced in 2014; 75+ event-branded polo shirts for every event volunteer, and event-branded Performance Jackets and Fleeces for the team of Chief Race Officers. In addition, the winning boat in each of the 12 classes will receive a Hudson Wight voucher to the value of £100 redeemable against Hudson Wight products purchased online or at the company's Showroom in Cowes.

A limited range of branded crew clothing will be on sale during the event itself. Hudson Wight representatives will also be on hand throughout the week to explain the OceanVent Technology used in the manufacture of their wet weather gear which competitors will be able to purchase direct from Hudson Wight's Showroom on The Parade in Cowes.

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