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PowerPlay first to finish in the 90th Round the Island Race

by PowerPlay Racing 3 Jul 12:12 BST 3 July 2021
Line honours for PowerPlay in the 90th Round the Island Race © Lloyd Images / www.lloydimages.com

Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay Racing Team is the first to finish the 90th edition of the Round the Island Race. MOD70 PowerPlay, with Peter Cunningham on the helm, finished the race at 10:51:01 BST (09:51:01 UTC) in an elapsed time of 4hrs 11mins 01secs.

A light start to the race prevented any chance of beating the race record, set by PowerPlay, as Concise 10 in 2017 (2hrs 22mins and 23 secs). PowerPlay finished this year's race ahead of the ULTIM Actual and the 32m trimaran IDEC.

"Fantastic, unbelievable!" commented Peter Cunningham. "The teamwork was absolutely flawless, especially tacking in the light to get out of the Solent. The sail changes worked really, really well all the way around, another cold race but we are absolutely delighted to come home first in this great race!"

"It is nice to see how PowerPlay can do against the big boys," commented Ned Collier Wakefield. "This result is a testament to the boat, and the team did a great job. Especially keeping PowerPlay super-slippery in the light. Given the forecast this morning, we thought we would take another couple of hours, but this is a brilliant, wicked win!"

MOD70 PowerPlay crew: Peter Cunningham (Helm), Ned Collier Wakefield (Skipper), Tom Dawson, Miles Seddon, Paul Larsen, Nick Hutton, Frank Gerber, Martin Watts, John Hamilton.

Follow the race via www.roundtheisland.org.uk

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