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7/8/2014

COWES WEEK DAY 6  - 7th August 2014 

MAN IN THE VAN UPDATE 

Hello from the men in the van!

Well unlike the breezy start to the week we have become used to, light winds hindered the start of racing for day six with many races abandonned come lunch time. As such the men in the van were kept very busy with a higher footfall than usual here in the Yacht Haven.

As we have seen previously this week, technical advice and upgrade information was the order of the day and it was great to see the buzz of activity and excitement that has been ramping up as Cowes Week has progressed!

With the occasional quiet spell the men in the van decided to join the girl in the tent to try and improve their times on the Harken Grinder Competition we have running this week. Unfortunately we were not able to knock the leaders off their top spots, have you got what it takes?

We wish everyone a fantastic day or racing for day 7 and a great time at the fireworks tomorrow night!

The men in the van

GRINDER COMPETITION UPDATE

It’s the last two days of our Cowes Week #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? Grinder Competition! We had some new additions to the leader board yesterday making it even harder to reach those top spots to win the prize of a bag of Harken goodies. It’s your last chance to beat those top times so come pay us a visit in the Yacht Haven today.

MEN   

  • Sam: 5.54 
  • Robert Marsden: 5.72 
  • Bram: 5.77 
  • Ed Ewer: 5.79 
  • Jack Bouttell: 5.87 

WOMEN

  • Bertie Whitle: 6.94 
  • Joy Fitzgerald:7.05
  • Emily Sarsfield: 7.26 
  • Sarah: 7.36 
  • Bridget Fryer:7.36 

PRIZES FOR BEST GRINDER PHOTO AND BEST TIME TO BE WON AT THE END OF THE WEEK!

Download your grinder photo from our Harken UK Facebook page.  #HOWDOYOUHARKEN?  

COWES WEEK DAY 5  - 6th August 2014 

MAN IN THE VAN UPDATE 

It was a busy day for the men in the van today with service calls to the GBR yard, UKSA and Shephards Wharf, with winch servicing, traveller track replacements and general technical / upgrade advice.

With the wind building there was an err of intensity on the dock in anticipation to the day yet to unfold! With three days left of intense competition it’s all to play for as key positions get closer and closer by the day.

Good luck to everyone racing today, until tomorrow’s update…

The men in the van

GRINDER COMPETITION UPDATE

With only three days left to beat the top scores on the #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? Grinder Competition time is running out to grab the top prize – a bag of Harken goodies. Stop by before the end of the day on Saturday to get best time or best photo for your chance to WIN!

MEN   

  • Sam: 5.54 
  • Robert Marsden: 5.72 
  • Bram: 5.77 
  • Ed Ewer: 5.79 
  • Peter: 5.96 

WOMEN

  • Bertie Whitle: 6.94 
  • Joy Fitzgerald:7.05
  • Sarah: 7.36 
  • Bridget Fryer: 7.36 
  • Ruth:7.75 

PRIZES FOR BEST GRINDER PHOTO AND BEST TIME TO BE WON AT THE END OF THE WEEK!

 

Download your grinder photo from our Harken UK Facebook page.  #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? 

COWES WEEK DAY 4  - 5th August 2014 

MAN IN THE VAN UPDATE 

Hello and welcome to racing day 4 here at Cowes Week!

It was a a rather overcast day with the prospect of stronger winds that never materialised making the correct tactical choices more essential than ever!

With light winds and blue skies the men in the van have mainly been kept busy with performance upgrades such as in-haulers and tweekers. With overnight storms looming all the competitors are dusting off their wet weather gear in anticipation for variable weather conditions tomorrow.

It will be exciting to see what happens with tomorrows racing.

That’s all for now…

The men in the van

GRINDER COMPETITION UPDATE

It was a busy day for the #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? Grinder Competition yesterday with new entries joining our Top 5 leader board! See below for the latest names on our Grinder Competition honours board!

MEN   

  • Sam: 5.54 
  • Bram: 5.77 
  • Ed Ewer: 5.76 
  • Peter: 5.96 
  • Mees & Rob: 6.01 

WOMEN

  • Bertie Whitle: 6.94 
  • Joy Fitzgerald:7.05
  • Sarah: 7.36 
  • Ruth: 7.75 
  • Louise Dodd:7.92 

PRIZES FOR BEST GRINDER PHOTO AND BEST TIME TO BE WON AT THE END OF THE WEEK!

Download your grinder photo from our Harken UK Facebook page.  #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? 

COWES WEEK DAY 3  - 4th August 2014

MAN IN THE VAN UPDATE 

Good morning from Cowes Week day three!

We had a relatively slow start yesterday but come the afternoon the van was buzzing with sailors who had unfortunately seen a few postponements.

We were once again kept busy late into the evening with requests for performance upgrades. Our most popular items requested this week has undoubtedly been the T2 Block which has been high in demand.

The weather is set to get a little rainier from tomorrow onwards so it will be interesting to see how the racing progresses into day four.

Until tomorrow…

The men in the van

GRINDER COMPETITION UPDATE

Day three saw a new leader on our ladies board but we have had no new additions to the men’s leader board. Come try out our grinder today to knock people off their top spots for your chance to WIN a bag of Harken goodies for best time and best grinder photo!

MEN  

  • Sam: 5.54
  • Bram: 5.77
  • Peter: 5.96
  • Rob: 6.01
  • Mees: 6.01

WOMEN

  • Bertie Whitle: 6.94
  • Sarah:7.36
  • Julie: 7.96
  • Bird in the tent: 8.05
  • Pandie: 8.17

PRIZES FOR BEST GRINDER PHOTO AND BEST TIME TO BE WON AT THE END OF THE WEEK!

Download your grinder photo from our Harken UK Facebook page.  #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? 

COWES WEEK DAY 2  - 3rd August 2014

MAN IN THE VAN UPDATE 

Good morning!

After a glorious sunny day on the water with lighter breezes than day one, many competitors came in rather sun burnt. It was a busy day for the men in the van with a continual trickle of enquiries for performance upgrades and spec advice with the competition heating up as the week progresses!

Even with a J109 visiting late into the evening for a last minute performance upgrade.

Tomorrow looks for set for lighter breezes and yet more sunshine, best of luck to all competitors, we’re here if you need us!

The Men in the Van Grinder Competition Update

GRINDER LEADER BOARD LATEST WINNERS!

MEN  

  • Sam: 5.54
  • Bram: 5.77
  • Peter: 5.96
  • Rob: 6.01
  • Mees: 6.01

WOMEN

  • Sarah: 7.36
  • Julie: 7.96
  • Pandie: 8.17
  • Girl in the tent: 8.22
  • Emma: 8.23

Day two of the #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? Grinder Competition was even busier than day one with new additions to our leader board honours list!

Don’t forget prizes will be awarded for the best time and best Grinder photo at the end of the week so there’s still time to come and beat the top scores.

Download your grinder photo from our Harken UK Facebook page.  #HOWDOYOUHARKEN? 

COWES WEEK DAY 1 - 2nd August 2014

MAN IN THE VAN UPDATE

Hello everyone,

Well we had our first day of Cowes Week yesterday and it was a busy start! After an initial breezy morning the Men in the Van were out and about providing technical advice, help and support to crews getting ready for the first day of racing!

With the wind building throughout the day we saw a few spinnaker tacks  blown out and a few jibs ripped so the sail makers were kept very busy! The men in the van helped out with a few service issues and installation advice.

That’s all for now.... until tomorrow!

The Men in the Van

Grinder Competition Update

GRINDER LEADER BOARD LATEST WINNERS!

The Grinder competition has kicked off and we have been busy all day with people coming back to beat their friends, crew members, family and their own best times! Here are the leaders from day one!

MEN

  • Peter: 6.01
  • Rob: 6.02
  • Ross: 6.15
  • Shea AKA Cow: 6.18
  • Piers: 6.23

WOMEN

  • Sarah: 7.36
  • Pandie: 8.17
  • Bird in the tent: (1) 8.22
  • Emma: 8.23
  • Bird in the tent (2): 8.31

Top five Harken Grinder Competition winners will be listed on our Facebook page and website, come down and knock them off the top spot and or defend your title!

PRIZES at the end of the week will be awarded to best time and best grinder photo!

Download your Grinder photo from our Harken UK Facebook page!

All photos taken from competition will be posted to the Grinder album on our Harken UK Facebook page so feel free to download your photo from there!#HOWDOYOUHARKEN?  

Cowes Week Bobble Hat Competition Update!

Our Bobble Hat Man was out and about for day one of Cowes week and was found by our first two winners Honor Thornton and Luca Wolfswinkel!

Bobble hat winner photos are available to download from the Bobble Hat Album on our Harken UK Facebook page.

Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for your chance to WIN one of these exclusive Harken Bobble Hats – spot the Harken team member wearing the hat, say #HERESHARKEN! And we’ll give you one for FREE!

Happy hunting...

 

 

 

 

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