2014 will see a David Thomas Regatta bonanza with racing at Cowes and on the River Hamble

A

new regatta has been launched in honour of legendary yacht designer David

Thomas.

This

year sees a David Thomas Regatta bonanza, as in addition to the annual Royal

London Yacht Club-run event on Cowes on 22 June, a new event will be held from

9-11 May on the River Hamble in celebration of Thomas’s 25th-year anniversary

as a Royal Southern Yacht Club member.

Owners of Thomas-designed yachts are

invited to get together, partake in some light-hearted class and handicap

racing, socialise and enjoy a celebratory dinner. Above all, this is an

opportunity to celebrate in the company of this great man, his wife Trudi and

his family.

Sailing

journalist and PBO contributor Peter K Poland, the former managing director of

Hunter Boats, is lined up as a guest speaker and is helping the club to

organise a Sunday sail-past of Thomas-designed yachts.

Email

expressions of interest to Sailing Secretary Natalie Gray, sailing@royal-southern.co.uk,

or visit www.royal-southern.co.uk.

To find out more about the Cowes event at www.rlyc.org.uk/article/sailing/thomas

Picture: David Thomas,his wife Trudi and sons Richard and Peter sailing the family Sonata Piccolo in Cowes Week in late 70s. Credit: Peter Poland