International 14 POW Cup at Tynemouth

Tynemouth Sailing Club are pleased to announce the hosting of the International 14 class for this year’s POW Cup Week between the 2nd and 6th August.

Tynemouth has a long history with the International 14 Class and the POW Cup, first hosting the event in 1984 and again in 1994. A long 27 years later we look forward to welcoming the latest generation of Int 14 boats and sailors to the club. In 2019 the club held the Int 14 Estuary Bowl as a warm up to the then planned 2020 POW & Europeans with great success. Since then, we have worked closely with the class association to improve & refine our offering, and planning to bring the fleet back in 2021.

Tynemouth has long standing links to the International 14 fleet, both on and off the water. Some of our current members sailed the 14’s as far back as the 1970s and are a big part of the team helping to bring the POW back to Tynemouth. A large number of the boats competing will have been built by Ovington Boats who are based less than a mile from TSC. Their latest offering, the Beiker 6, is the current World Championship winning design.

This regatta is being organised primarily by Adam Ovington, Howard Steavenson (who competed in the ’94 POW) and Nathan Batchelor (Ovington Boats UK sales manager and TSC Commodore). For further details on the event please contact Adam Ovington, email

1994 POW Cup winning crew Ian ‘Bunny’ Warren gave us the below comments about his and Andy Fitzgerald’s win some 27 years ago.

“I remember the Race well.. about 8 to 12 knots, 3rd or 4th at the top and 1st after the downwind… The only boat to challenge us a bit was Roddy Bridge, sailing with Andy Green I think. Fitz had set us up fast, and I was doing tactics. We started to pull away to a comfy win in the end, despite the wind dropping towards the end and Mr Fitz getting nervous. It was the first time for both of us to win, at my fifth attempt, but Fitz’s 20th or something… he was really happy!

“The prize-giving was at the Grand – great fun, with some famous names on that trophy, still proud to have won it! The club as always was so friendly and great racing with likes of Peckish, Kevin and Trotter etc.”