Please select your home edition
Edition
Wetsuit Outlet 2019 - 728x90

Glorious day on the water for Round the Island Race

by RTI Press 7 Jul 2018 15:31 BST

There may be little wind on the racecourse for the 1,200 or so teams contesting Island Sailing Club's annual 50nm race around the Isle of Wight but there is certainly no shortage of competitive spirit.

Racing is close throughout the fleet apart from Tony Lawson's record-breaking five-year-old MOD70 foiling trimaran Concise Fling that broke away from the pack at the Needles, rounded St Catherine's Point, and is now tracking along up the east coast towards Bembridge, alone. Even in just 10kts of wind, this crazy machine can reach 35kts of boat speed, so whatever the weather there are generally always plenty of thrills to be had aboard this boat.

The bulk of the fleet, however, is enjoying a tactical game of cat and mouse down the west coast of the Island. Jennifer Burgis and the all-girl team who raced the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Race are today sailing Fleur de Lis –a chartered Beneteau Oceanis 37 – and currently sailing an impressive race. Importantly, they have managed to reach the Needles before the tide turns. Burgis commented from the racecourse:

"Despite the lack of wind we are extremely pleased with our progress. It took us just two hours to get to the Needles. We had a great start with Holly [Kitching] on the helm and Caroline Bowen on tactics, which was key and, we are looking forward to continuing to work hard and gain more places as we head down the west coast.

"We are really pleased because we seem to have caught up with the Turquoise flagged group that started 10 minutes ahead of us. I think we can put our impressive speed down to Caroline Bowen our tactician who is calling some really good shots in these tricky conditions."

Although the sea breeze should fill in shortly, it is generally slow going. Half the fleet is already round the Needles but the race is on now for those struggling to reach the Needles before the tide turns at 1130.

Even if the cloud builds on land and sea breeze does develop, it is unlikely to be significant. Around the top of the Island from Bembridge Ledge to Ryde – the lee of the island – will be one of the biggest areas of concern and a lot of places are likely to be won and lost there.

To follow the race in detail, go to Race Coverage Live and the Race Tracker.

Records to beat:

  • Monohull course record: 3h 43m 50s – supermaxi, ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade) set in 2013
  • Multihull course record: 2h 22m 23s – MOD70, Team Concise 10 (Ned Collier Wakefield) set in 2017
Race partners: Cloudy Bay, Raymarine, Helly Hansen, MS Amlin, Chelsea Magazines
Event charity: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

www.roundtheisland.org.uk

Related Articles

80 days to enter the famous Round the Island Race
Only 80 days until entries close Sailors from around the world have only 80 days left to enter the famous Round the Island Race that will see 1,500 boats sail around the Isle of Wight on Saturday 29th June. Posted on 27 Mar
2019 Round the Island Race entries set to open
Entry fees to remain at 2018 level Organised by the Isle of Wight's Island Sailing Club since 1931, the Round the Island Race is one of the UK's largest participation sporting events and is expected to attract over 1,500 boats. Posted on 24 Jan
J's in the Round the Island Race
Win, place or show in seven classes! As usual, it was another challenging 60nm offshore adventure for the world-famous "Round Island Race" in the United Kingdom, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Posted on 15 Jul 2018
Round the Island Race Young Sailor Trophy
Hampshire Collegiate School sailors win Proudly sponsored by Raymarine, a division of FLIR Systems, the 2018 Young Sailor Trophy at Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay was presented to the fastest team of young sailors at this year's race. Posted on 10 Jul 2018
High Potential wins the Gold Roman Bowl
Top honours in the 2018 Round the Island Race In what will probably be regarded as one of the most challenging on record, the 87th edition of the Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay was won overall by High Potential. Posted on 7 Jul 2018
First finishers in the Round the Island Race
One of the slowest line honours times recorded The elapsed time of 8:34:09 makes this one of the slowest line honours times recorded in the Island Sailing Club's annual 50 nm Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay. Posted on 7 Jul 2018
Round the Island Race gets underway
1,204 teams set off in light winds As early morning haze gave way to sunshine, the 1,204 teams signed up for the 2018 Round the Island Race flocked to the start area off the Royal Yacht Squadron line (RYS). Posted on 7 Jul 2018
Entry still open to Round the Island Race
The start of Britain's favourite yacht race is now just 11 days away The start of Round the Island Race is now just 11 days away but there is still plenty of time to sign up for what promises to be another spectacular event. Posted on 25 Jun 2018
International entries for Round the Island Race
A flurry of international yachts sign up for the 50nm blast round the Isle of Wight This annual, world-recognised race organised by Island Sailing Club, in association with Cloudy Bay is one of those must do, quintessential English regattas, that competitors travel thousands of miles to compete in. Posted on 18 Jun 2018
Salvation Armyready for Round the Island Race
Raising money for victims of slavery Four men connected to The Salvation Army are set to take on one of the world's largest yacht races raising funds through sponsorship for the church and charity's work tackling the serious crime of modern slavery both in the UK and in Poland. Posted on 10 Jun 2018