Now the dust has settled following the 2017 Cowes event, it’s time to reflect the general outcome. There were one or two teams singing the praises of the event, and with calm seas and glorious sunshine Cowes is always a lovely place to race. With nine entries, it was just enough to make the race interesting, however, as one high profile competitor (can’t mention his name) pointed out, unless the costs are dramatically reduced next year’s fleet could be even less. The fee to enter, licence etc., is not considered to be value for money when there is only one race over the weekend. It would make entering the annual event a lot more attractive if there were three or four other marathon races throughout the year to compete in to justify the licence fee. It will be interesting to see if the BPRC can reduce the overall costs involved format of the 2018 event is any different.