It was not rain that stopped play, but the lack of wind that prevented racing for the 55 Swans competing at the 2003 Swan European Regatta in Cowes today.
With two races scheduled on day four of the regatta, the fleet gathered outside Osbourne Bay for a committee boat start, but the light north-easterly breeze failed to fill in.
At 14.00 hours the Royal Yacht Squadron's Race Committee moved the fleet further west in search of a sea breeze, which unfortunately never materialised. Racing was abandoned 40 minutes later, giving the crews plenty of time to take advantage of the Regatta Bar and S. Pellegrino Hospitality.
The crews entertained themselves well, with the French Swan 441 Saga taking top honours for creativity, by wake boarding on their floorboards off the back of the boat! While Swan 411 El Tiburon and Libby Deegan's Swan 441 Menenes were both seen practising their Scottish dancing for tonight's Talisker Scottish Ceilidh!
After four races Filip Balcaen's Swan 56 Aqua Equinox still leads Class A on just eight points, with the Swan 45 fleet taking the next six places. Leading the Swan 45 pack and chasing for the lead, ten points adrift in second place, is Cuordileone owned by Leonardo Ferragamo, President of Nautor Group.
Local Isle of Wight boat Menenes steered by Libby Deegan, is leading class B, eight points ahead of Alain Foulquier's Saga, hoping to improve on their second place in the 2001 Swan European Regatta.
Two races are now scheduled for the final day of racing, The ClubSwan Race Day, with one more race required to bring the discard into play. Racing will commence at 10.30 hours off the Royal Yacht Squadron line, with the second race taking place as soon as possible after the first.