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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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Author: Peta Stuart-Hunt

How best to describe the annual Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay in one word, one that neatly encapsulates the passion, competition, thrills and enjoyment shared by thousands of sailors each year? It’s always EXCITING!

The Race Management team led by Rear Commodore Sailing Dave Atkinson at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, is making last-minute preparations to welcome 1,342 yachts to eleven individual starts first thing on Saturday morning 1st July. The first start is scheduled for 0530 and the starting sequence will be completed by 0710 as the fleet heads west from Cowes to the Needles.

Among those signed up to race are last year’s Gold Roman Bowl winner, Bernard Langley’s TP52 Gladiator with (fresh from his Land Rover BAR America’s Cup debut), David ‘Freddie’ Carr on board. The Race also welcomes back the Greig City Academy Sailing Team, the inspirational and ultra-competitive North London inner city state school entry Scaramouche.

Last year’s runner-up to the record-breaking MOD70 Phaedo^3 who took Line Honours, the distinctive blue hulls of Concise 10 is back aiming to achieve that accolade this year. The record set by Phaedo^3 was an astounding 2 hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds, smashing the Multihull race record time set by Sir Ben Ainslie in 2013 by a stunning 28 minutes!

Somewhat more sedately but equally competitive, the Cloudy Bay Brand ambassador Ben Fogle is racing with the race sponsor’s guests on board the Farr 52 Bob by Cloudy Bay, skippered by Stephen Durkin.

Racing for the FAST40+ Class continues with Round Two of the FAST40+ Race Circuit, consisting of one day of Windward Leeward racing tomorrow (Friday) followed by 11 FAST40s racing around the Island on Saturday for the FAST40+ Cloudy Bay Trophy.

Having previously raced his own boats, a Hustler 35, an SB20 and a J109, this year Rob Bellfield is skippering a Starlight 35, Sea Nymph III, to give a multi-national crew the experience of the Round the Island Race. Rob is Chairman of the GBR 420 Class Association as well as being a serving Royal Navy Captain. The boat has been chartered by the Royal College of Defence Studies YC, an international defence staff college located in Belgrave Square in London. Course members are 75% from foreign nations and are in the UK for a year to learn about strategy formulation at the national level. The crew is multi-national, with British, Norwegian, French, Israeli, Dutch and Spanish members.

The organisers are hosting their popular pre-Race press conference tomorrow (Friday) at the Island Sailing Club, followed later by the all-important Raymarine Weather Briefing at 1800hrs with meteorologist Simon Rowell. There promises to be a marquee overflowing with interesting competitors and a great line-up of stage guests including three members of the British Youth Squad, the 420 sailors Vita Heathcote and twins Milly and Charlotte Boyle, racing a chartered J/70 called Rita on Saturday.

Joining Cloudy Bay as Presenting Sponsor, the Race Partners include Helly Hansen as Official Clothing Partner, MS Amlin as Marine Insurance Partner, Raymarine as Technical Partner and Chelsea Magazines, publishers of Yachts & Yachting, Sailing Today and Classic Boat, as the Race Media Partner who are back for a second year. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust also returns this year as the Official Race Charity and has four boats competing.

This race truly is a #raceforall. Image: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

This race truly is a #raceforall. Image: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

This race truly is a #raceforall. Image: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The delighted skipper, Giovanni Belgrano (centre) and his crew of WHOOPER, IRC Division 3B, Winner of IRC Division 3B, the BCYC TROPHY - First BCYC Yacht, the CHAMPAGNE MUMM CHALLENGE CUP - First Overall IRC Group 3 and the GOLD ROMAN BOWL & J.P. Morgan Asset Management SALVER - First Overall IRC  - with Helena Lucas MBE. IMAGE: Patrick Eden.

The delighted skipper, Giovanni Belgrano (centre) and his crew of WHOOPER, IRC Division 3B, Winner of IRC Division 3B, the BCYC TROPHY – First BCYC Yacht, the CHAMPAGNE MUMM CHALLENGE CUP – First Overall IRC Group 3 and the GOLD ROMAN BOWL & J.P. Morgan Asset Management SALVER – First Overall IRC – with Helena Lucas MBE. IMAGE: Patrick Eden.

 by Peta Stuart-Hunt


Hundreds of happy competitors gathered at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes today to celebrate another successful J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, the 84th edition, held yesterday, 27th June, 2015.
  

The annual Prizegiving event, superbly managed by the team at the Club, was introduced by the ISC Commodore Mark Wynter and then, after an introduction to the special guest, Paralympic sailing Gold medallist Helena Lucas MBE, the team moved briskly through the presentation of trophies and salvers plus Race Partner prizes, with Sailing Secretary Chris Thomas co-ordinating proceedings on-stage with the Rear Commodore Sailing and Race PRO Mike Peskett.

Admiring the trophies at today’s RTI Prizegiving at the Island Sailing Club.
Image: Patrick Eden.

Dave Atkinson, speaking on behalf of the ISC Race Management Team, commented that yesterday’s race provided a classic Round the Island Race day for the ISC’s Race Management team including around 120 volunteers and the 15,000+ sailors taking part.

We were blessed with great weather and good winds. Whilst there were a number of  racing incidents, these are not uncommon when you have this number of people out on the water. However,  given the co-operation of all the agencies that work alongside us, everything was handled with the utmost professionalism and skill and also dealt with quickly throughout the day.”

The ISC is delighted that every one of the 1389 boats that finished were across the line before the scheduled 2200 cut off in order to qualify for a result. From the initial 1584 entries, there were 104 retirements and 11 OCS/DSQ.

Thousands of spectators in Cowes and around the Isle of Wight as well as on the mainland, including at the Race HUBs at the Royal Southern YC in Hamble and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, enjoyed fabulous views – this year for the first time including via the RTI TV channel. This new initiative, launched by the ISC and J.P. Morgan Asset Management and some Race Partners, provided live commentary and footage of the starts interspersed with competitor interviews and weather information.

Next year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will take place on Saturday July 2, 2016.

Sir Keith Mills, Helena Lucas MBE and Alex Mills from INVICTUS, IRC Division 0, Winner of the J.P MORGAN TROPHY – First Overall IRC Group 0.
Image: Patrick Eden.

Top prizes

 OBSERVER TROPHY & JPMAM TROPHY – First Monohull to finish

GBR1R            LEOPARD            Mike Slade

 

GOLD ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER – First Overall IRC

GBR363R            WHOOPER            Giovanni Belgrano

 

SILVER ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER – Second Overall IRC

FGBR707            MADELAINE            Ed Donald

 

ROYAL THAMES CHALLENGE TROPHY & JPMAM SALVER – Third O/A IRC

K9                        WOOF            Jo Richards

 

ROYAL LONDON CHALLENGE CUP & JPMAM SALVER  – Fourth O/A IRC

GBR504R            MANDARIN            Paul Dunstan

 

JPMORGAN TROPHY – First Overall IRC Group 0

GBR1851X            INVICTUS            Sir Keith Mills

Full list of trophies, winners and results

http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/pubs/resultsbooks/RIR2015Results.pdf

Race promo video:

https://youtu.be/RBSmAJ-AK-o

RTI TV Live streaming programme with commentary & interviews

http://rtir.me/videos

Further information, news:

Aerial shot showing the RTI starting cannon in action at the RYS. Photo: Thierry Martinez

Aerial shot showing the RTI starting cannon in action at the RYS. Photo: Thierry Martinez

 

by Peta Stuart-Hunt

…until, that is, you throw in a handful of high-tech speedsters, glamorous classics, famous sailing families, and some Olympic sports stars, all competing in this annual sporting institution

Quite probably stealing much of the limelight from the GC32 class of six competing in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday 27th June – at least in speed terms – is the MOD 70 Concise 10 (FRA70), a 70ft trimaran at the cutting edge of one-design racing.

Team Concise will be made up 50/50 with the current Paprec MOD 70 crew, including Jean-Pierre Dick and Fabien Delhaye, who will be competing in the Jacques Vabre together later this year.  They will be joined on board by Team Concise crew members Ned Collier Wakefield, Johnny Malbon, Paul Larsen (the fastest man on water), Martin Watts, and Tom Dawson who will form Team Concise going forward with the newly purchased boat.

 

The final line-up of GC32s competing in the culmination of their UK leg, and racing for the Cowes Cup as part of the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour is:

 

Argo (USA128) Team Argo is led by skipper Jason Carroll, twice the Melges 32 World Champion.

 

Armin Strom Sailing Team (SUI003) – Their skipper is the legendary Swiss Star Class sailor Flavio Marazzi 4 x Olympian in the Star Class and 6 x World Champion.

 

Spindrift  (FRA11) – Skipper Yann Guichard explains why Spindrift

racing take part in the GC32 Racing Tour in 2015:

“It’s clear that the future of sailing is currently leaning towards these foiling boats, It’s not just in the America’s Cup – it’s happening with other contact racing boats too, such as the GC32. We are excited by the opportunity to learn to foil in a matter of weeks and to compete against the crème de la crème in what promises to be an ultra-competitive circuit.”

Sultanate of Oman (OMN1) – Skipper Leigh McMillan from the Isle of Wight, is joined on board by Nasser Al Mashari, Alister Richardson, Pete Greenhalgh all well honed in the art of Extreme 40 racing.

 

Engie (FRA001) – For the 2015 season, Engie’s skipper Sébastien Rogues has selected a crew of committed and successful sailors such as Bertrand Castelnerac and Christophe Carbonnières, along with Sebastien Col.

 

Alinghi (SUI008) – The skipper Ernesto Bertarelli, now 49 years old, was hooked on sailing from a very young age. However, it was in 2000, he created Alinghi as a syndicate and team to achieve his dream of bringing the America’s Cup back to Europe for the first time. His team memorably won the Cup in 2003 in Auckland and then successfully defended it in 2007 in Valencia, with the event described as one of the most memorable in recent history.

 

After the 2010 Cup campaign, Bertarelli again focused his attention on his passion for one-design racing, winning the Bol d’Or for the 7th time in 2011, before taking the team into the X40 Extreme Sailing Series, which they won twice, most recently in 2014. His crew in Cowes is: Pierre-Yves Jorand – Mainsail; Nicolas Charbonnier -Tactician; Nils Frei – Trimmer; Yves Detrey – Bow.

 

The GC32 fleet started the 2015 season racing for the first stage of the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour on Lake Traunsee, Austria, in May. Credit: Guilain Grenier/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour

There are very many entries with interesting back stories this year and the Race Media Team will be featuring some to follow for the RTI TV programme and also on the Live Blog. Meanwhile, here’s a very small selection of some boats and people that caught our eye in the latest influx of entries:

 

Annie of Orford (56), a Sadler Frigate 27, has been entered by James Muggoch from Middlesex. The boat is being sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic later this year to be donated to the Sea Scouts in Grenada, West Indies, together with a five year sustainability plan so the scouts can learn to sail, navigate and get jobs in the Marine Industry.

 

James owns ‘COB’ an ex-RN steam tug built in 1911 that led the historic tugs at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Parade, and which was moored in Cowes when James owned the Jewellers ‘Benzie of Cowes’ some years ago. Another claim to fame is that he also made and gifted the Mayoral Chain to the People of Cowes in 1998.

 

Firebrand (GBR612R) Jointly owned by yacht designer Ed Dubois and Esben Poulsson family & friends on board this winning boat. It’s an S&S design built by Lallows of Cowes for Admiral’s Cup in 1965.  It was the winner of the Admiral’s Cup and the RTI in 1965. Family and friends on board this year include Adam Ostenfeld who competed in three America’s Cups  (1980,1983,1987).  Two wins, one loss!

 

Bojar, photo courtesy of Dr. J. Williams.

Bojar (N23) – the only 10 Metre yacht owned and raced in the UK was built in 1937 and is owned by Dr Andrew Pearson.

 

Gazelle (GBR4899T), a Grand Soleil 34.3 owned by Mrs Minka Armitage from Cowes and being skippered this year by William Ball, who at 16 years old, says his mum regrettably can’t race this year so he’s in charge.

 

Carolina (GBR3274), an early Contessa 32 originally built for Winston Churchill MP in 1972 that is now owned by Richard Clark from Leighton Buzzard.

 

Finally, there are entries from Team Keech Drop Bear (Beneteau F40), Bearskin (Contessa 32) POLARBEAR 3 (Baltic 43), Grumpy Bear (Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2) and Wee Bear (Projection 920) out on the course this year and we can’t see any sign of Goldilocks to keep any of them in order. Beware the bears!

Late entries are accepted up until noon on 24th June. http://www.rtir.me/entries

 

Everything you need to know can be found on the official Race website.

 

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 Charity:

http://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org


Official Race website:

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 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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