A romantic proposal boosted celebrations at the fourth Contessa 26 National championships in Cowes.

The CO 26 is one of those classes that just goes on and on and one boat Curvaceous has been in the same family since new.

The current family member to own Curvaceous got a shock when she hauled up the new mainsail bought for her by her boyfriend Mark Arnold as a birthday present. The sail was printed with: Deborah Bell… Will You Marry Me?

The answer was yes!

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The Contessa 26 class celebrates its 50th birthday next year and the couple are planning to take part in the golden anniversary celebrations planned for the 29 to 31 July 2016 in Lymington.

The class is calling all owners past and present around the globe to join in the celebrations, with a view to 50 boats attending the event.