Please select your home edition
Rooster GETSEASMART 728x90

Poole Yacht Racing Association fleet at the Round the Island Race

by Mike Fox 12 Jul 2018 19:20 BST 6-8 July 2018
Poole Yacht Racing Association members in the Round the Island Race 2018 © Mike Fox

To and From the Island – A View from 'Fraid S'eau'- (Class 3)

A strong fleet of over 20 boats gathered in Poole Bay for the feeder race to Cowes for the Cloudy Bay Round the Island Race with four classes represented, but with no wind our committee boat 'Esprit' required the fleet to motor in convoy towards the Island.

Shortly some breeze was located and we were under starters orders. In Class 3 the start was a tight shy reach with 'Wasp' gaining the windward advantage closely pursued by QT, Shebeen and 'Fraid S' eau.

Classes 1&2 were underway 5 minutes later and soon caught the slower Class3 & 4's.

The breeze held and it was a starboard pole all the way to North Head kite where some dropped the kite but Shebeen and 'Fraid S'eau flattened the sail and gained some distance through Hurst to Yarmouth.

The race continued under spinnaker all the way to the Gurnard finishing line with a few some electing to gybe downwind but the more direct line proved the better tactic in the strong flood tide.

Round the Island Race this year has been quoted as "probably one of the most challenging". Indeed, it proved to be tricky particularly the later starters with light winds and foul tide from Hurst to The Needles - and a few 'holes' to fall into! However, the PYRA fleet overcame the odds and most finished with good results.

In ISC divisions Ian Aitken in particular wining Class ISC 7C in his MG27 'Minstral' second in Group and fifth overall in ISC. In addition, as part of a Poole YC team with fellow PYRA members in 7D Roger Bond in 'Fraid S'eau (second) and Ken Morgan in 'Shebeen' (sixth), the team achieved second in the Arun YC Team Challenge Trophy; pipped again by the team from the Island Sailing Club by only a couple of points.

The return to Poole from Cowes was raced under little wind and a foul tide at Hurst. Congratulations to the skilful crew on Shebeen for avoiding parking on the Shingles and the only boat to finish at North Head!

Results are at

Related Articles

Are you Doing the Double in May 2020?
International Paint Poole Regatta & Round the Island Race only days apart In 2020 only five days separate the much loved International Paint Poole Regatta and the world famous Round the Island Race. For yachts participating in both events, exclusive special benefits have been arranged in Poole to provide a seamless experience. Posted on 3 Jan
Seventeen classes confirmed to compete
At the International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 Seventeen top racing classes have confirmed that the International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 will be part of their racing circuits next year. Posted on 1 Nov 2019
MS Amlin PYRA Poole - Folly - Poole Races
24 entries for the final passage races of the year With 24 entries the final Poole Yacht Racing Association passage races of the year looked like they would be a well supported event. Posted on 27 Sep 2019
Yarmouth and Back
A Class 3 perspective from Poole Yacht Racing Association In Poole Bay, our Race Officer, Peter Biggs, on 'The Grey Silkie' our Committee boat for the weekend, got all yachts away on time in a fair northery breeze beat back to the shore. Posted on 12 Sep 2019
The International Paint Poole Regatta
Shaping up to be even bigger in 2020 The International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 is developing to be the biggest event yet, with the organisers pleased to announce that round two of the inaugural IC37 Championship will be hosted over the weekend. Posted on 5 Sep 2019
Clipper Marine PYRA Two-Handed Mini Series
The loud bang was an outhaul fitting retiring after 75 years service Poole Yacht Racing Association staged its annual two-handed mini series in Poole Bay. With glorious sailing conditions entries in a combined fleet of smaller class three and four boats gathered under the watchful eye of the race officer. Posted on 24 Jul 2019
PYRA Dorset Coast Racing
Instead of the cancelled Poole to Lymington race With a Poole Yacht Racing Association Race from Poole to Lymington cancelled on Saturday, with 35 knots plus forecast, Poole's PYRA fleet made their way into the Bay for a replacement two race's on Sunday 9th June. Posted on 12 Jun 2019
PYRA Royal Motor Yacht Club Easter Mini Series
17 yachts racing under VPRS from Poole Bay to the Solent Seventeen yachts racing under VPRS made their way into Poole Bay on Easter Friday for the Poole Yacht Racing Association Spring Series racing to the Solent, under the auspices of the Royal Motor Yacht Club. Posted on 25 Apr 2019
International Paint Poole Regatta 2020
Classes already committing to the event The International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 is still 17 months away, but that has not stopped many sailing classes committing to making Poole a significant event in their 2020 racing calendars. Posted on 24 Jan 2019
MS Amlin wraps up PYRA in the rain
20 boats tempted out, despite unappealing forecast Poole Yacht Racing Associations final outing of the year was due to be a race to the Folly at Cowes and return over the last weekend. With 50 plus knots predicted the decision was made to limit to two back to back races in Poole Bay on Saturday. Posted on 26 Sep 2018