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Author: Toby Heppell/Peta Stuart-Hunt

Four seasons in one day, a game of two halves, a bit of everything; you can pick your cliche, but the 2017 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay has certainly delivered on all levels.

Ultimately, it will be the MOD70, Concise 10 taking the lion’s share of the headlines, and rightly so as Ned Collier Wakefield steered the 70ft trimaran to a thrilling race record, shaving exactly a minute off the time set by Phaedo3 in 2016.

If the spotlight falls on Concise then the remaining accolades will surely go to Adam Gosling’s JPK10.80, Yes! which stormed round in IRC1 to take the biggest prize of the day, the coveted Gold Roman Bowl, awarded to the overall winner of the race on corrected time in IRC.

As is ever the case, the headlines struggle to do justice to a race full of stories and excitement quite literally from dawn to dusk – no mean feat just nine days post the summer solstice.

The morning dawned with little promise as a NNW wind in the high teens and some rain showers greeted the earliest starters, who were due to set off west, down the Solent and towards the Needles at 05:30.

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At least the wind and rain helped wake the competitors up a little and perhaps wash away some of the excesses from the night before.

The early weather also conspired to give the 1342 racers a fast start, close reaching down the Solent with the tide beneath them; there were personal best times recorded to the Needles across the board.

Concise 10, the fastest boat on the water this weekend, started at 05:40 and made the Needles by 6:10 and went on to make St Catherine’s Point at around 06:50. But it was not just the multihulls romping in the conditions, the monohulls were lifting their skirts and flying too.

The first monohull to round the Needles was the Volvo70 Sanya Lan at a little after 06:30. By the time 06:50 rolled around, some 200 boats had already passed the Needles, setting their spinnakers and heading off to St. Catherine’s Point.

By the time most fleets had reached the Needles the winds had moderated, the clouds parted and the sun was shining, if intermittently at first.

The first big news of the day was the finish of Concise 10 who’d had a thrilling lap as owner Tony Lawson confirmed: “It got pretty tense for me when we did 44 knots off St Catherine’s [Point],” he said. “That is as fast as you would ever want to go I can promise you that. That is faster than Sir Ben [Ainslie in the America’s Cup] by the way…”

That will be the second boat in so many months that Giles Scott, tactician on Land Rover BAR (and sailing today on Concise) will have achieved 40+knots.

Scott was not alone in terms of sailors from the upper echelons of the sport, with some of the finest sailors the world has to offer taking up the challenge of the 50nm classic. Alongside them were families sailing for fun, first timers and everyone in between.

For a long time it looked as though Irvine Laidlaw’s Reichel-Pugh 82, Highland Fling XI would take the coveted Gold Roman Bowl after they took line honours for the monohulls. But, ultimately no-one could match the might of Yes! who managed to take victory by just shy of seven minutes on corrected time. For a day where the margins had been tight all along it was an impressive performance and it would be hard to argue there was a better team out there today.

With a fast reach to the Needles and a moderating breeze, retirements were few and far between. Though there was the odd bump here or there on the way round, it was probably a race to be remembered for the lack of incident more than anything. Tribute should be paid to the Island Sailing Club Race management team, along with the huge volume of volunteers bring the Race to fruition today.

The finish remains open until 10pm this evening and there are still plenty of back markers to be counted over the line so final results will be a little time coming but the top three in each class can no longer be beaten by any of those remaining in the race.

It is hard to sum up a day such as the Round the Island Race but, handily the spirit of the event was captured before the start gun had even fired by Cloudy Bay Brand ambassador, Ben Fogle who was out racing on the Farr 52 Bob by Cloudy Bay today.

“I love the outdoors and have spent the best part of 20 years exploring the world and exploring what we can do in it,” he said. “There is something so beautiful about the sport of sailing and working with the weather. So much of modern life is about what man is doing to destroy it and yet here we are showing the complete opposite. When you combine that with the heritage and the great social aspect, well, that is just a wonderful thing.”

Don’t forget to nominate any worthy recipients of the MS Amlin Seamanship Award direct to the Island Sailing Club. This is not restricted to sailors, but can be open to anyone who has shown exceptional seamanship or onshore assistance during the Round the Island Race.

Lastly, we are delighted that Sir Keith Mills, owner of Invictus and founding Shareholder of the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team, will be joining us at tomorrow’s prize giving ceremony at the Island Sailing Club at midday Sunday 2 July.

Provisional results are available on the results page

Top Trophy News

IRC:

1  – Gold Roman Bowl winner – YES!

2  – Silver Roman Bowl winner – Highland Fling

3  – Royal Thames Challenge Trophy winner – Salvo

 

ISC RS:

1  – Silver Gilt Roman Bowl winner – Antilope

2  – Fidelis Trophy winner – Cherete

3  – Geisco Trophy winner – Touché

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Round the Island race 2016 (Photo by Barry James WIlson)

Round the Island race 2016 (Photo by Barry James WIlson)

 

Author: Peta Stuart-Hunt   Date: 15:45 Sunday 3 Jul 2016

In a fast-paced and action-packed day that started at a later than usual 0830 with the firing of the first gun by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, Sir Keith Mills’ FAST 40+ Invictus missed winning the coveted Gold Roman Bowl for the first IRC yacht on corrected time, having to settle for second place. His crew included Invictus Games competitor Zoe Williams, as well as Prince Harry, following a long-standing invitation to compete in the Race this year.

The main prize instead went to Bernard Langley’s TP52 Gladiator, which powered around the course to become the second monohull to finish, crossing the line less than four and a half hours after the start.

Gladiator - the victors! Winners of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl. Image: Patrick Eden.

Gladiator – the victors! Winners of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl. Image: Patrick Eden.

Record Smashers!

The biggest news, however, was reserved for Lloyd Thornburg’s giant MOD70 trimaran Phaedo^3, which tore round the course in two hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds. In doing so he smashed the record time Sir Ben Ainslie set in 2013 by a stunning 28 minutes.

Despite the unusually testing conditions, only a small percentage of the fleet retired from the race, with the overwhelming majority of competitors – some of whom saw gusts to almost 40 knots – successfully completing the course. By 2100 there were only a handful of the back markers left on the final few miles of the race course. The only prize that was still open before the finish deadline of 2230 was the Tenacity Trophy for last boat to cross the line within the time limit!

All that record-breaking excitement on the water ensured that today’s Prizegiving at the Island Sailing Club – the last to be held with a J.P. Morgan Asset Management backdrop – attracted a huge audience for the hour-long presentation of Gold and Silverware. In the welcome and introduction to the Prizegiving by Vice Commodore Peter Bingham and Race PRO Mike Peskett, generous tributes were paid to numerous ISC teams, many comprised of the 100 or so volunteers that work so hard for the sheer love of the Race, every year.

” It ‘s been more of a challenge this year than we have had in recent years. The heavy weather forced us into making some pretty major decisions in cancelling some classes but we feel that with safety always being paramount, we were entirely justified in doing what we did. There are a few sad faces but many more happy ones. We act as we do with the information that we have and at the end of the day I think it has been an incredibly successful weekend. “

 

Winners

Lloyd Thornburg (centre) and his co-helm Brian Thompson (left) are pictured with Rear Commodore Peter Bingham and their fantastic collection of trophies after their stunning & record-breaking Race on Phaedo^3. Image: Patrick Eden.

 

Supported by the ISC’s Flag Officers and today’s VIP guest, the record-breaking yachtsman Brian Thompson (and co-helm of Phaedo^3!), Sailing Secretary Chris Thomas got the Prizegiving off to a flying start and kept a rattling pace going throughout.

When asked for his take on this 80th Race in its 85th Anniversary year, ISC Sailing Flag and head of the ISC Race Management team, Dave Atkinson, said:

It‘s been more of a challenge this year than we have had in recent years. The heavy weather forced us into making some pretty major decisions in cancelling some classes but we feel that with safety always being paramount, we were entirely justified in doing what we did. There are a few sad faces but many more happy ones. We act as we do with the information that we have and at the end of the day I think it has been an incredibly successful weekend.

Major trophy winners included:

OBSERVER TROPHY & JPMAM TROPHY – First Monohull to finish
            GBR1R            LEOPARD            Mike Slade
GOLD ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER – First Overall IRC
            GBR11152      GLADIATOR        Bernard Langley
SILVER ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER – Second Overall IRC
            GBR1851X       INVICTUS           Sir Keith Mills
ROYAL THAMES CHALLENGE TROPHY & JPMAM SALVER – Third O/A IRC
            GBR1682R       TOKOLOSHE II    Michael Bartholomew
ROYAL LONDON CHALLENGE CUP & JPMAM SALVER  – Fourth O/A IRC
            GBR4863R        YES!                    Adam Gosling
JPMORGAN TROPHY – First Overall IRC Group 0
            GBR11152          GLADIATOR      Bernard Langley
OWEN PARKER MEMORIAL TROPHY – First Overall IRC Group 1
            GBR4863R            YES!                 Adam Gosling
RAYMARINE RIR YOUNG SAILOR TROPHY
            GBR3277L            WAVE WHISPERER            Richard Barnes
TENACITY TROPHY – Last boat to finish within the time limit

SEASCAPE (John Hulford-Funnell)

All the Results and Trophy Winners are online on the Race website: at rtir.me/results

 

Next year’s Race takes place on Saturday 1st July.

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Report by Fiona Brown

Photos by Barry James Wilson

After five days of exciting and challenging racing at Panerai British Classic Week 2015 the weather sadly let the fleet down on the final day, when strong winds and torrential rain forced the abandonment of the sixth and final race of the series just before the start.

Whilst disappointed not to race the fleet was in agreement with the decision and happily retired to the marina to relax and prepare for the Panerai British Classic Week Gala Prize Giving Dinner.

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Griff Rhys Jones, actor, comedian and owner of the 1948 Olin Stephens 57’ Bermudan Yawl ‘Argyll’, had the gala dinner audience in stitches with anecdotes of classic yacht ownership. His analogy that “Sailing a classic boat is like taking a piece of Chippendale furniture and throwing it into the sea, and then steering other bits of Chippendale furniture within inches of it.” particularly appealed to them.

Amandine Rohmer of Panerai was then welcomed to the stage by British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC) founder Tim Blackman to present the overall victors with their trophies and unique Panerai Plates.

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

With straight wins in both Class 4 and the combined Fleet races, the 1897 William Fife III designed Cork Harbour One Design ‘Jap’, the oldest boat in the regatta and at just over 30’ one of the smallest, was named Panerai British Classic Week Champion 2015. The second time her name has been added to this illustrious trophy, the first being in 2012.

‘Jap’ was sailed this week by owner David Sherriff, Martin Payne, Toby Mumford, Lauren Fry, Mark Yeabsley, Olympic Rowing Gold Medallist Zach Purchase, and with Paralympic Gold Medallist Andy Cassell helming all the points series races, plus America’s Cup legend Harold Cudmore guest helming on Thursday. Martin Payne summed up the crew’s feelings saying, “It was a fantastic event and I’m really proud of the team. Andy helmed brilliantly, the foredeck crew (all four of them) sailed with both skill and fun, whilst Sheriff was on the main and I called the tactics. It’s wonderful when a crew really works together and that happened for us this week. The competition was tough too with so many beautiful boats that were seriously on the pace to race against.”

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

As well as a Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio watch ‘Jap’ also received the British Classic Yacht Club Racing Trophy, the Cereste Trophy and Panerai Plate for Class Four. In his acceptance speech David Sherriff thanked his fellow competitors for their hospitality, Panerai for their incredible support of the classic yacht movement and the BCYC under whose flag ‘Jap’ had the honour of sailing this week.

The Flight Trophy for the yacht placed second overall in the regatta went to Giovanni Belgrano’s ‘Whooper’, which also won the Commodore’s Cup for Class 3 for the second successive year. A 39’ Laurent Giles sloop built by Woodnutts of Bembridge in 1939, she was intended to be a shallow-draft cruiser, but her natural reaching and downwind speed exceeded expectations. Anecdotes from Peter Bruce recall Channel crossings in the 1960’s at average speeds over 10 knots – exceptional for the era!

Third place overall, the EFG International Trophy and the Event Trophy for Class 5 went to Pascal Oddo’s 1930 Q Class ‘Jour de Fete’, designed to the Herreschoff Universal Rule and skippered by America’s Cup Legend Bruno Troublé,

The Event Trophy for Class 0 was won by John Caulcutt, Jamie Matheson and Stephen Hemsley’s ‘Mariquita’. Designed by Wiliam Fife III and launched in 1911 ‘Mariquita’ was one of four 19 Metres, that raced successfully until the start of the Great War. She spent more than forty years as a houseboat on the Orwell before being fully restored by Fairlee Restorations in 1991.

Regatta Chairman Sean McMillan’s ‘Flight of Ufford’ won the Lutine Trophy for Class 1’s Modern Classics. A Spirit 52, ‘Flight of Ufford’ was designed by her owner as a fast cruiser for himself and his wife Jenny. This is her tenth year at the regatta where she has achieved considerable success over the years.

BCYC Commodore David Murrin’s ‘Cetewayo’ claimed the Corinthian Cup for Class 2. Designed by Laurent Giles and built by Morris and Latimer in 1955, this 48’ fractional sloop has been the subject of an ongoing restoration and improvement programme that has included a complete rebuild of the transom rudder and steering allowing extra winches to be installed, facilitating the use of higher performance modern race sails.

The Universal 8 Cup for the first 8 Metre was awarded to Avia Willment’s 1926 Frank Morgan Giles designed ‘Siris’, which Classic Boat ranks as one of their Top 200 most beautiful yachts in the World.

There were also a number of fun presentations such as The Stiff Drink Trophy, which went to Jeremy John’s ‘Matambu’ for sheer determination in completing the Around The Island Race, finishing precisely 1 second before the time limit. The Lallow Cup for the best-presented new entrant was awarded to ‘Jour de Fete’, and the Seamanship Award presented by Classic Boat went to Murdoch McKillop’s 8 Metre ‘Saskia’ for their rapid rescue of bowman Mark “Gonz” Gonzolez who slipped overboard during an unexpectedly quick tack.

The regatta concludes tomorrow, Saturday 25 July, with a Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green at 11.00.

Report by Fiona Brown

All Photos © Barry James Wilson

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014 sunrise (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014 sunrise (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

 

THE ISLAND SAILNG CLUB IS ALL SET TO OPEN ENTRIES FOR THE 84th EDITION OF BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE YACHT RACE

by Peta Suart-Hunt

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised annually by the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, is on many a sailor’s bucket list. Thousands have competed since the Race was first held in 1931 with entry numbers peaking at 1,908 in the 80th Anniversary year in 2011.

 Since then, the Race has enjoyed steady entry numbers averaging 1,500 boats and around 16,000 sailors competing annually. One of the unique attractions of this Race is its even-handedness and the opportunity for Olympic and World champion sailors to be racing alongside amateurs, families and club sailors of all ages.

 Much of the competitor feedback from 2014 reveals the variety of reasons why sailors compete and then want to come back year after year:

I wanted my Father (80) to experience it. He has been home sitting his wife (my Mum) who has Altzheimers for the last 3 years and hasn’t been able to get away for a break. This was his first holiday from being a carer in 3 years. He thoroughly enjoyed it. He has been a boat owner for 40 years this year as well as reaching 80, has won over 700 races during that time and has taught the whole family and many members of the sailing club how to sail, set up their boats and repair the damage when it all goes wrong. He deserved to see it at least once before he goes. We hope to get him down again next year.”

Tradition, this was our 28th consecutive year.  Always a great weekend.  Love the mix of different boats.”

 I entered with a group of friends from work, all of whom sail with me at other times, but not usually all at the same time. By entering the race and bringing them all together the race is a good event to aim for and something to look forward to with great friendship and teamwork.  We don’t race at other times and do it to be part of the fun.”

Come and join in the fun! Entries open at 00.01 on January 9th.

The Race takes place on Saturday June 27th with a first start time scheduled for 0700. http://www.rtir.me/entries

There’s still time to enter the Free Entry Prize Draw!

The ISC is running a Draw for THREE FREE ENTRIES into this year’s Race.

There’s just about time to still enter the January draw (drawn 9th Jan), and plenty of time to get your entry in for February (drawn 6th Feb) and March (drawn 6th March) with one entry per month up for grabs. So go for it and tick off another item on your wish list!

For details, terms & conditions and entry click: http://www.rtir.me/competition

 

Dame Ellen MacArthur receives a cheque from ISC Commodore Mark Wynter for the total funds raised to date for the Trust through its partnership with the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.  Photo: Mark Lamble.

Dame Ellen MacArthur receives a cheque from ISC Commodore Mark Wynter for the total funds raised to date for the Trust through its partnership with the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Photo: Mark Lamble.

Official Charity, EMCT, on board until 2016

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is delighted that it will remain the official charity of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race for a further two years.

 After a successful official partnership since 2011, the Trust takes this opportunity to thank the Island Sailing Club and the competitors in the Round the Island Race who have helped them raise over £189,000 over the last three years.  The money raised has given 378 young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing on the Trust’s four-day yacht adventures around the Solent on the South Coast and in Largs, Scotland.

 Taking part in the Round the Island Race each year with the young people from the Trust, Dame Ellen MacArthur adds:

 The Round the Island Race is a unique event in the UK sailing calendar, and a race which I’ve been part of for many years now and in many different boats! It’s a wonderful spectacle which the 25 young people we take out on the water each year absolutely love. I sail on one of our 5 boats each year, and the race is an inspirational and important event for us. At the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust we are all very proud of our partnership with the Round the Island Race and the outstanding support the competitors have shown the Trust over the years.”

 http://www.justgiving.com/company/roundtheisland

 http://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org

 The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners: Dream Yacht Charter, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Old Pulteney, Raymarine, Volvo Car UK.

Official Race website:

http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk

Photos of  2014 Aroung the Island Race 2014  by Barry James Wilson HERE

 

Race-related Dates in 2015
* Entries open and NOR published Fri 9 January
* Early Bird entries closed midnight Sat 7 Feb
* Standard entry closes midnight Sat 13 June
* Late entries close 12 noon Wed 24 June
* The 2014 Race takes place on Sat 27 June. First start is at 0700
J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Article by PETA Stuart-Hunt.
Photos by Barry James Wilson

The longest day of the summer came close to delivering the longest J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race ever as winds ranging from zero knots to painfully light tested the patience of crews with high performance catamaran Team Richard Mille emerging as line honours winner with a time of almost nine hours.

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Most of the 1,585 entries started the race around the Isle of Wight in around 3 knots and bright sunshine and as the hours went by, temperatures rose but wind speed dropped leaving hundreds of boats becalmed and a large proportion of the 16,000 crew desperately seeking ways of making their boats go faster or resorting to stretching out on deck to enjoy the sunny conditions.

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Ellen Macarthur at J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

First to the Needles was Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore’s Swan 45 Eala of Rhu but the going was slow and Sir Ben Ainslie, racing on the Farr 45 Rebel with members of his BAR America’s Cup crew, took longer to complete the first 13 miles than the record-breaking 2hrs 52mins 15secs he took to finish the entire race last year.

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Rebel very quickly became involved in a match race with rival Farr 45 Toe in the Water crewed by injured servicemen and women who had served recently in Afghanistan and the lead swapped several times over the 50 nms course though it was Capt Lloyd Hamilton’s ecstatic crew who nudged across the finish line ahead of Ainslie and his team of professionals.

“This means everything to us,” he said recording a time of 8 hrs 51 mins 39 secs.

“Beating Ben Ainslie is better than beating the Taliban for these guys.

“He left us shortly after St Catherine’s Point and flew away but we kept on trying and it is apt when you look at who we have on board because it proves you should never give up.

“The guys are ecstatic at beating Rebel. They don’t know many of the America’s Cup sailors but they know and love Sir Ben Ainslie, so are thrilled.”

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Another big battle to ensue on the water was between the brand new high-performance catamarans, the GC32s Team Richard Mille and Spax Solution making their racing debuts in the Solent. Former line honours winner Pete Cumming had gathered together a professional crew for Team Richard Mille, including helmsman Paul Campbell-James and proved consistently faster than their rivals.

They took five long hours to reach St Catherine’s Point where the sea breeze kicked in to give the leading boats a big push over the next two hours towards the finish but just as they were within sight of the line, the wind in Stokes Bay died and their final flourish was delayed by a further hour to record a finish time of 8 hours and 51 mins.

“We have had a great week and to round it off with a line honours win in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is a fantastic achievement especially in these conditions,” said Cumming who put the project together.

“It wasn’t the easiest race but these boats are superb – very fast even in light airs and fun to sail. We want to thank our sponsors for giving us this opportunity and look forward to working together in the future.”

First monohull across the finish line was Dutch boat Tonnerre de Breskens, with a time of 9 hrs 56 mins 13 secs but they too had a battle royale to gain an advantage over Mike Bartholomew’s Tokoloshe II, which trailed in just 22 seconds later after one of the biggest tests of endurance and patience since the Round the Island Race started in 1931.

A battle royale ensued for Tonnerre de Breskens to gain the advantage over Tokoloshe II to take the monohull win.

Twelve hours after the first start, 246 boats had finished and a further 445 had retired but the rest were still out on the course valiantly trying to make the finish before the cut off time of 10.00pm when the overall race winner and new holder of the Gold Roman Bowl was set to become clear.

 

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

IJ.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

 

Article by PETA Stuart-Hunt.

The Island Sailing Club, organisers of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, was packed to the rafters with happy Race competitors this morning as they celebrated individual and team successes at the Prizegiving for the 83rd edition of this annual one-day nautical extravaganza.

The Commodore of the ISC, John Dudley, was joined on stage by Sir Ben Ainslie, Richard Chambers, CMO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Corrie McQueen, Events & Sponsorship, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and Chris Thomas, Sailing Secretary, ISC, who galloped through the proceedings in under an hour.
After the Commodore welcomed the VIPs and the assembled gathering, he ran through some of the more interesting Race facts and stats, including that there were 715 finishers and 791 retirees; always regrettable to have more retirees than finishers but a very positive response from the majority of competitors nonetheless.
The slowest elapsed time for a line honours boat ever recorded in the Race’s history was 08.51.37 achieved by Team Richard Mille on their GC32 foiling multihull…and Dudley enjoyed pointing out that Sir Ben had done it on his AC45 in 02.52.15 last year!
Also applauded was the winner of the Tenacity Trophy, awarded annually to the skipper of the last boat home. This year it fell to Stuart Whitmore to win the applause. He crossed the finish line on his Sigma 33, Sixes and Sevens, (IRC3) at 21.51.35, having started his race at 0730 – that’s 14hrs, 21mins 35secs later.
Folkboat Madelaine's skipper Edward Donald (left), crew & the family Donald celebrating winning the Gold Roman Bowl & additional trophies presented by Sir Ben Ainslie at the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. (Photo by Patrick Eden)

Folkboat Madelaine’s skipper Edward Donald (left), crew & the family Donald celebrating winning the Gold Roman Bowl & additional trophies presented by Sir Ben Ainslie at the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. (Photo by Patrick Eden)


The Gold Roman Bowl was awarded to…a Folkboat, Madelaine, skippered by Edward Donald, who hasn’t quite achieved the record four wins of the Gold Roman Bowl by Edward Heath but he’s nearly there, having won it individually three times and the Donald family has collected this famous trophy four times.

The 2014 Raymarine RIR Young Sailor Trophy was awarded to Christopher Barker from Surrey, who was joined on stage by his siblings, Sir Ben Ainslie and Corrie McQueen from J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Photo: Patrick Eden

The 2014 Raymarine RIR Young Sailor Trophy was awarded to Christopher Barker from Surrey, who was joined on stage by his siblings, Sir Ben Ainslie and Corrie McQueen from J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Photo: Patrick Eden

The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management whose CMO drew the loudest applause when he referred to the ten years of title sponsorship of this amazing Race and importantly announced an extension of this up to and including 2016. The ISC also wishes to thank its Race Partners Dream Yacht Charter, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney, Raymarine, Red Funnel, Volvo Car UK.

Everyone looks forward to welcoming back the competitors, families and friends, on Saturday, 27th June 2015.

Full results posted here: http://rtir.me/results

The Race weekend highlights on video can be enjoyed here: http://rtir.me/videos

 

All the Race news summaries, the live blog and the image galleries can be enjoyed on the official Race website: 

  • The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs, with around 16,000 sailors taking part over the course of one day. The Race is an all-encompassing event that caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level.  
  • 2010’s Race had 1,754 entries and 1,607 finished the Race. This is the highest ever recorded number of finishers in the history of the Race.
  • Over the event’s nine years of sponsorship by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, more than £600,000 has been raised for charity. 

  • The annual Outstanding Seamanship Award is sponsored by Nautica Watches.  
  • The current monohull race record set by Mike Slade on the 100ft ICAP Leopard on 1st June 2013 stands at 3.43.50. 
     This is 9 minutes and 45 seconds inside ICAP Leopard’s own race record set back in 2008.
  • The multihull race record set on 1st June 2013 by Sir Ben Ainslie on J.P. Morgan BAR, an AC45, stands at 2.52.15 beating by an impressive 16 minutes the previous multihull race record set by Francis Joyon in 2001 aboard Dexia Eure et Loire of 3.08.29.   
  • In 2013, the most coveted prize, the Gold Roman Bowl and J.P. Morgan Salver for First Overall IRC went to 5 West, the TP52 owned and helmed by Sir Keith Mills and Robert Greenhalgh.      

    J.P. Morgan Salver for Second Overall IRC went to Pace and Johnny Vincent.

    The Observer Trophy and J.P. Morgan Trophy for first Monohull to finish went to Mike Slade and ICAP Leopard.

 

 

J Class Start for the Hundred Guinea Cup around the Island Race off Cowes Photo by Rick Tomlinson)

J Class Start for the Hundred Guinea Cup around the Island Race off Cowes (Photo by Rick Tomlinson)

Saturday morning saw warmth and sunshine in the Solent for the J Class Hundred Guinea Cup race; East around the Isle of Wight, based on the original America’s Cup course.

Light Easterly wind was due to give way to just a whisper of Southerly breeze in the day, and the prospect of a shortened course looked likely. Nothing could have dampened the enthusiasm of the spectator fleet though, as hundreds of them joined the Js at the start line, anticipating a race to rival the glory days of the 1930’s America’s Cups.

Rainbow sensibly withdrew from Saturday’s racing for safety reasons after a small technical issue. The remaining three, Velsheda, Ranger, and Lionheart were a fantastic spectacle as they hoisted their 16,000 square feet of mainsail and genoa, and began circling on the RYS line area, North of Cowes.

As if sensing the importance of the occasion, as the start time approached, the Easterly wind unexpectedly picked up strength. With hundreds of boats and thousands of spectators watching, the three boats crossed the line on Starboard, benefiting from the last of the flood tide. After the start, the sea erupted with the acceleration of hundreds of powerboats and RIBs following the three boat fleet.

Lionheart (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

The yachts pressed on in the light wind out to the Nab Tower. Lionheart rounded first, setting her 10,000 square foot spinnaker.

Lionheart held the lead at St Catherine’s Point with Velsheda a short distance behind, and Ranger close by. Even after three quarters of the course, only seconds split the fleet.

Lionheart held her lead and rounded the Needles first, to the delight of hundreds of spectators on beaches and headlands from Hurst Castle to Christchurch.

By the time the boats reached Fort Albert, it had become apparent that the strong adverse tide through Hurst and patchy winds up the Solent were going to make finishing the round the island almost impossible, and the Race Committee took the decision to shorten the course retrospectively, as agreed in the sailing instructions. The course was finished at the Needles, where times had been taken. The results (including Time Correction Factors) were calculated but kept a secret from the Js until the prizegiving, where all the crew and owners assembled that evening.

Lionheart’s position at The Needles won her the King’s Hundred Guinea Cup. This was a fantastic achievement for Lionheart and her owner, competing in their first J Class regatta, and well-deserved as Lionheart has performed consistently well at each regatta and taken line-honours twice, narrowly losing out on first place each race on corrected time.

Velsheda rounded about two minutes behind, and Ranger a further five minutes behind.

Velsheda  Photo by Barry James Wilson

Velsheda (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Because of her great results in the Solent, two wins and one second, Velsheda was awarded the Corinthian King’s Cup for the regatta’s best amateur helmsman. Originally presented by King George V, the Corinthian King’s Cup, dating from 1914, will be presented each year as a perpetual trophy “for friendly competition between J Class yachts, each sailed by an amateur owner”.

 

The Kings Hundred Guinea Cup was originally presented by King George VI at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in 1937. Both trophies were kindly donated by Jan Hart; associate member of the JCA, keen supporter of the fleet, and owner of the building copyright for JS1 Svea.

Ranger (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Saturday was a great day for those watching from the mainland, as the Js were seen by thousands of spectators around the island from every possible vantage point; from Cowes, Lee-on-Solent, Hayling Island, Bembridge, Ventnor, Christchurch Bay, and Hurst.

The Hundred Guinea Cup was another great race by the competitive J Class yachts, providing a spectacle that will live in yachting memory for a very long time.

Lionheart   (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Lionheart (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

On Saturday night, crew, owners, and organisers enjoyed a prize-giving party at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, jointly sponsored by Pantaenius, and Dykstra and Partners Naval Architects. Everybody attended the event in great spirits, still buzzing from four days of wonderful sailing.

Velsheda and Ranger (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Lionheart and Velsheda’s prize-winning owners made speeches enthusiastically thanking the Royal Southampton Yacht Club for their excellent race-management, as they received their cups.

Both the Falmouth and Solent Regattas were the inspiration of David Pitman, who has been class secretary for more than twelve years. He worked hard, together with Mike Beggs, the class measurer, to bring these two wonderful regattas to the UK this year. He was significantly responsible for the growth of the class from the original three yachts to a fleet of seven on the water, with three more projects underway. David says “It has been my pleasure to work and sail with the J Class fleet for more than fifteen years, creating an environment where the class can grow and flourish.”

Velsheda with Helecopters (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

 

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race 2012 (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race 2012 (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Author: Peta Stuart-Hunt

Photos by Barry James Wilson
The  81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, started by Olympic 470 sailor Hannah Mills, with over 1,600 boats heading in a westerly direction round the Isle of Wight.
The wind conditions are as forecast with most of the fleets starting in a moderate south-westerly breeze.  However, the forecast is for the wind to increase, with the predicted conditions having already put paid to racing for some of the smaller classes including sportsboats, J80s, 707s, SB20s (formerly known as SB3s) and the small MOCRA multihull fleet (LOA less than 9.15m).

(Photo by Barry James Wilson)

There was also a safety call made for all competitors to wear lifejackets.
The likes of Mike Slade’s 100ft Farr-designed superyacht – ICAP Leopard – revelled in the conditions and soon slotted in to her natural position at the head of the fleet. She led the fleet round the Needles but was soon challenged by last year’s line honours winner, Lionel Lemonchois and team on the Multi 50  Prince de Bretagne. However, first across the line at 10.19.57, just over one minute outside the overall record, finishing in 3hrs.09mins and 57secs, was former Mini Transat winner Yves Le Blevec on the Multi 50 trimaran – Actual.

(Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Elsewhere the fleet are battling the strong winds round the south of the island and as the day progresses there are a number of retirements. However, it is great to see the likes of Dame Ellen MacArthur on the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s boat Dark Star, which is a 90ft sloop loaned to the Trust for the day. She is currently the leading yacht in the Trust’s four-boat fleet.

(Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie at the helm of the 162ft schooner, Eleonora, is now round St Catherine’s Point and enjoying a final blast home to the finish.
The overall winners of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have been confirmed, with the 81st edition of the event bringing triumph for boats both large and small.

The winner of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for first boat overall on IRC handicap is Tony Langley’s TP52 Manroland Sheetfed. Competing in IRC 0, Manroland Sheetfed (aka Weapon of Choice) was the second monohull to complete the course, finishing in 4hrs, 42mins and 12secs to win on corrected time by just 3 minutes.

(Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Tony Langley’s crew held off a strong challenge by last year’s Gold Roman Bowl winner Sundowner.  Jo Hutchinson’s  Contessa 26 won IRC Division 3D by completing the course in 8hrs, 31mins and 17secs giving them a corrected time of just 3 minutes and 4 seconds slower than the TP52 and awarding them the Silver Roman Bowl for second overall in IRC.

Sundowner also faced a fierce challenge from another previous winner of the race, Ed Donald’s Madelaine, a Nordic Folkboat that won the Gold Roman Bowl in 2007. Racing in the same class, Madelaine finished just two and a half minutes behind Sundowner on the water, to take third overall on corrected time.

Line honours went to the Multi 50 trimaran Actual, which crossed the finish line at 10.19.57 this morning, finishing in a time of 3hrs, 09mins and 57secs to just miss out on the outright record set by Francis Joyon in 2001 by just 1min, 28secs.

Skipper Yves Le Blevec, a Jules Verne record and Mini Transat winner, said: “We had three objectives for this race. Firstly don’t break the boat, secondly don’t arrive behind Prince de Bretagne, and in third it was to arrive in 1st overall across the line. We had those three points but we didn’t think about the fourth point – which was the record, and we missed the record by very little!”
Blevec said they weren’t aware of how close to the record time they were as they neared the finish: “We didn’t check that before, and when we saw the time we realised it was very close. But it was a very nice race, and on the south of the island there was big waves and windy, very nice conditions.”

They were followed home by last year’s line honours winner Prince de Bretagne, while first monohull home was the current course record holder ICAP Leopard, who rounded the Island in 03hrs, 59mins and 04secs.

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