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New international team event suggested for Cowes Week

Thu 5 Aug 2010

New international team event suggested for Cowes Week

A sailing journalist has suggested a new event for Cowes Week - the regatta which is currently being held on the Isle of Wight.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Brendan Gallagher proposed a team match-up between Britain and France.

He stated that this would add to what is already a "fabulous sporting week".

"It could be sailing's equivalent of the Ashes, a genuine spectacle that the sponsors and marketing men could plan around," he said.

Mr Gallagher added that with only 22 miles separating France and the UK, it would be easy to organise.

He pointed out that the event would also be competitive, as British and French sailors have different strengths and are better in differing types of boat.

Earlier this week, British yachtsman Mike Golding won a £10,000 donation to the RNLI by helming a team bearing his own name and beating off competition from a boat carrying Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams and Zara Phillips.

Posted by Carla Winter ADNFCR-3083-ID-800013929-ADNFCR

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