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There will be at least eight Irish registered yachts in a fleet of up to 1,599 when Britain's annual Round the Island Race, a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight in just over two weeks time. The spectacle event, to be held on July 2, is of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

From Royal Cork Yacht Club, Wan Waterman will compete in his X37 Saxon Sonata. Another Cork Harbour boat, Ben Daly's Quarter Tonner, Cobh Pirate, currently in Cowes at the Quarter Ton Cup, is also entered. 

Four Irish Cork Harbour 1720 designs are also entered but all are UK based but one; entry 'Pivotal' bears the sail number IRL1725.

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Paul Colton's Cri–Cri from the Royal Irish was the Class three progressive ECHO winner at the recent ICRA National Championships in Howth

A return visitor to the Solent is Dublin Bay quarter tonner Cri–Cri, Paul Colton's Royal Irish YC entry, that bears an Italian sail number, is making its fourth appearance in the Round the Island Race.

Among other Irish entries on the massive list are a Hunter Impala, Trudi and an X50, Touché. 

Check out the entries here

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Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, has been confirmed as the Race Starter for the 2016 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday, 2nd July 2016.  Prince Michael will join Race officials on the Royal Yacht Squadron platform to commence the spectacular starting sequence and fire the cannon signifying the first of eleven class starts at 0830.

Prince Michael is not competing in the Race and is visiting the Isle of Wight to carry out a number of official visits.

The spectacular Round the Island Race continues to attract an extraordinarily eclectic mix of entries whether it be the boats or their owners (and sometimes both); enthusiastic mariners from all walks of life, and representing all levels of the sport and all age groups.

The organisers are delighted that the entries have now started to ramp up and are currently at 1,140 - a J/105 Jos of Hamble registered at #1,000.

In amongst those boats jostling for position in the second Class start at 0840 on July 2nd (Multihulls Grand Prix and MOCRA Racing (LOA 9.15m and over) are a number of well-known names not least of which are the MOD 70 multis; the duelling duo Phaedo^3 and Concise 10.

As well as owning the phenomenally successful record-breaking Phaedo^3, Lloyd Thornburg from New Mexico, USA, also jointly skippers the boat with legendary sailor, Brian Thompson, one of the world's best-known sailors, especially in the field of multihull sailing and offshore races and records. Phaedo^3, is also stacked with a core of professional sailing talent including navigator, Miles Seddon and Sam Goodchild.

Lloyd says he's "very excited to be participating in the Round the Island Race for the first time."

Their Race rival is Concise 10, who pipped Phaedo^3 to the post by 12 seconds in the Round Barbados Race in January. Team Directors, Tony Lawson and Ned Collier Wakefield, launched Team Concise in August 2006, with the intention of helping young British sailors forge a future in competitive offshore racing. This team is absolutely meeting its objectives.

On board for this year's Race are: Ned Collier Wakefield, Jonny Malbon, Paul Larson, John Hamilton, Martin Watts, Fraser Brown and Tom Dawson.

"The Round the Island Race is something that we look forward to each year and the iconic event certainly shouldn't disappoint with two MODs racing this year. After taking a fairly easy line honours last year the team and myself are expecting a closely fought race between ourselves and Phaedo. Hopefully the spectacle doesn't disappoint."
Ned Collier Wakefield, Skipper/ Team Director - Team Concise


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The Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, organisers of the prestigious annual Round the Island Race off the Isle of Wight, has appointed Catalyst Consultants to act as its commercial partnerships agency. It's a move that provides an insight into how Irish events and regattas might need to look to attract high level sponsorship into the future.

The firm Catalyst is working with the ISC developing the commercial programme for the 2017 race onwards. Catalyst is undertaking a commercial review of how the Round the Island Race is structured as a brand partnerships platform and developing a new commercial programme and brand proposition to take the race forward, not only as one of the great sailing events and yacht racing spectacles but as a major mass participation sports brand 

Speaking about the appointment on behalf of the Island Sailing Club, Dave Atkinson said: "Of all the agencies and commercial rights specialists that we talked to, Catalyst demonstrated not only fresh thinking and creativity but also a real  empathy with where the club and the race is now and where it could go in the future. They bring to the project their wide experience and a great set of skills, and also go about things in a mature, sensitive way. We're delighted to be working with them." 

Joe Bruce, Catalyst Director and co-founder commented: "There is significant opportunity to build on the enormous heritage, popularity and profile that the Round the Island Race has achieved in its 80 year history.  As the biggest race of its type anywhere in the world and one of the top four mass participation sports events in the UK, there is a great potential to grow the Round the Island proposition and to create a brand and consumer engagement platform that is genuinely differentiated and powerful."

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The Island Sailing Club is inviting tenders for title sponsorship of the Round the Island Race™ from 2017 onwards, as J.P. Morgan Asset Management announced its conclusion of its 12 year sponsorship of the Race in 2016.

Enjoyed by competitors and supporters alike from around the world, there have been many highlights and race-specific developments as a result of J.P. Morgan Asset Management's sponsorship over the years, including:

- Charitable fundraising amounting to over £500,000
- Entries reaching a record of 1,908 in 2011
- Support for new technology initiatives such as Race Tracking and Live TV
- Celebration of the 80th anniversary with an historic art & photographic exhibition
- Documentaries on RTI on BBC Countryfile and Channel 4
- Strengthened race profile in the press

Mark Wynter, Commodore of the Island Sailing Club, that organises the annual 50 mile race around the Isle of Wight, said:

"It's always sad to end a dynamic and long-standing relationship but, equally, as we all know, 'all good things come to an end'. However, it's not really the end. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and its team will leave behind a superb legacy for us to nurture, including some terrific friendships and working relationships that will survive on and off the water and a solid and positive platform for the Race Management and Marketing teams to take forward into a new era."

Charity fundraising plays a huge part in the Round the Island Race. Dame Ellen MacArthur received a cheque from ISC Commodore Mark Wynter for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for over £189,000 raised through its partnership with the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race back in Dec 2014. This figure has since risen by almost £43,000 during 2015 bringing the total to £226,364.25.

Jasper Berens, Head of UK Funds at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, said:

"After 12 fantastic years, 2016 will see the conclusion of our long-standing title sponsorship as the baton gets passed onto the next title sponsor. I've had the privilege of attending the race right from the outset of our sponsorship, so it's amazing to think how far the race has evolved and moved from strength to strength over that time and how widely regarded it has become.

"The message of thanks stretches far and wide, with so many individuals involved in helping to shape the race as we know it today. We'd also like to thank everyone that has participated in the race over the years too. It was a major collaborative effort and we wish the Island Sailing Club every success for the future."

The 85th edition of this globally recognised Race is being held on 2nd July which will be J.P. Morgan Asset Management's final outing as Title Sponsor. They intend to make it a true celebration of everything that is best and most loved about this extraordinary day on the water; a day that annually attracts over 1,500 yachts and 12,000 competitors.

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#rtir – It's not the first time that Italian marine technical ace Giovanni Belgrano (he was the nuts-and-bolts man on the Italian America's Cup challenges) has surprised the fleets of modern boats on his adopted home waters of the Solent with an ace performance with his exquisitely-restored 1939 Laurent Giles 39ft centreboard sloop Whooper.

Nevertheless his overall win in Saturday's Round the Island Race was a sweet victory to be savoured with joy. Even more so, writes W M Nixon, when you realise it was all done with a boat from Skerries, County Dublin....

Yes indeed, folks. Through the 1960s and the early 1970s, Whooper was based in Skerries under the ownership of the great Christy Fox and his son Joe.

And here's the Lloyds entry from the register of 1970 to prove it:

Lloyds Register of 1970, with Whooper at home in Skerries

They'd chosen this unusual boat because her centreboard configuration gave them the shallow draft needed to be able to berth her alongside Skerries pier, rather than having to keep her in that dreadful anchorage out in the open bay. Having been built by Woodnutt's, she was a quality job, full of character, and well able to give a reasonable account of her herself in local races when they were able to get enough of a crew together to make the best of her.

In time she was sold away. But then a couple of years ago the Classic Yacht Regattas in the Solent area started featuring a beautifully-restored Whooper scoring serious wins. It speaks volumes for her owner's joy in sailing that he's at the sharp end of technological development around advanced boats in the day job, yet in his spare time he goes sailing in a very interesting old boat on which he has clearly lavished much loving attention.

Whooper's hull profile showing how the centreplate was incorporated into the hull without undue intrusion on the accommodation. In that same accommodation, many a boisterous party was held alongside Skerries pier, and in other ports too.

Whooper's hull lines. She was conceived as a comfortable shoal draft cruise to provide reasonably good performance, but no-one could have imagined that 77 years after she was designed, she'd be overall winner of the Round the Island Race.

Whooper's rig was an early version of the Laurent Giles "slutter". which could be both fractional and masthead, though during her time in Skerries she was always sailed as a masthead sloop. She also had one of the earliest Laurent Giles' versions of the new-fangled doghouse to give added headroom and better light in the aft part of the saloon.

In all, there were something like 14 boat with Irish links in the 1800-strong fleet which raced round the island, and it seems that the best-placed was Ben Daly's Quarter Tonner Cobh Pirate in 202nd place. That is, of course, if we don't just reclaim Whooper as one of our own.....

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#rtir – The overwhelming majority of the 1,584-strong fleet has finished the 2015 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, after a day of racing in sparkling conditions. Giovanni Belgrano's 38ft classic yacht Whooper has been revealed as provisional winner of the main prize, the Gold Roman Bowl.

In the ISC Rating System fleet, Jeremy Vines' Dufour 34 Pickle has been provisionally announced as overall winner among the 680 entries. William Ball's Grand Soleil 34.3 Gazelle is second, while one of the lowest-rated boats in the race, Brain Haugh's 1958 East Anglian 28 Cherete third, just three seconds behind Gazelle on corrected time.

The stream of finishers has now slowed to a trickle, with the remaining boats scattered through the eastern Solent having until the time limit at 2200 to finish.

Full results are posted here and the prizegiving hosted by the Island Sailing Club, with trophies presented by Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas MBE, will be held at 1200 noon tomorrow Sunday June 28.

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

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#rtir – Mike Slade's 100ft Leopard has taken line honours in the monohull fleet, finishing at 1140 in a time of 4hrs 40 mins 34 secs which is just under an hour outside their own record, while the next two monohulls - the Open 60 Artemis and Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator B - were around five miles from the finish at midday. With this edition of the race tipped by a number of experts as being one that will favour the smaller boats on corrected time, these early finishers now face a long wait before their overall position on corrected time is known. See race live here.

Conditions on the water remain perfect for the 1,584 boats competing in the race - there's almost unbroken sun and a west south-westerly breeze of 12-15 knots, with gusts to 20 knots. The bulk of the fleet is now stretched out along the southern shore of the Isle of Wight, with an estimated 1400 boats between the Needles and Bembridge Ledge, making a wonderful sight both for competitors and for those watching from on shore.

Other highlights so far:

The MOD70 trimaran Concise 10 took line honours, finishing at 1040, with an elapsed time of three hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds. This puts her 38 minutes outside the multihull race record set by Sir Ben Ainslie in 2013.

The four GC32 foiling catamarans crossed the line just after 1100, led by Sultanate of Oman and Alinghi, after a close race that saw the boats separated by less than six minutes at the finish.

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#rtir – Early indications are that the two biggest stories emerging from the serious racers will be among the smallest boats in the fleet. In the multihull fleet, the four GC32 foiling catamarans are blasting around the south side of the island at speeds of 25-30 knots. By 0945 they were already off Bembridge at the eastern end of the island, although the giant MOD70 Trimaran remained a mile ahead on the water. WATCH THE ROUND THE ISLAND RACE LIVE HERE!

Among the hottest IRC rated monohulls competing for the coveted Gold Roman Bowl, the smallest boats are currently tipped to do well on corrected time. Conditions are currently perfect for those in IRC Group 3, with the west-going tide helping to push them towards the Needles at a higher speed over the ground than their rating would predict.

One of the smallest boats in the fleet at 19ft, Dave Webb's Newbridge Navigator, Fair Sail is roughly one-third of the way down the western Solent. "We are having a beautiful day, with plenty of breeze – we couldn't have asked for better conditions." 

The first finishers are expected within the next hour – stay tuned!

The 16,000 competitors - both amateurs and professionals - in this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race were assembling in the early morning light to make their final preparations for this annual nautical extravaganza.

The first start, for the biggest and fastest monohulls, including Mike Slade's multiple record breaking 100ft supermaxi Leopard and the stunning modern classic 160ft schooner Eleonora, got away on schedule at 0700 in a north-westerly breeze of 8-12 knots and bright sun.

A ridge of high pressure pushing in from the southwest should ensure it remains beautifully sunny for most of the day, with the breeze increasing through the morning to give a moderate to strong south westerly by midday. This will make for perfect conditions for the 1,584 boats taking part in this year's race.

The next hour will see the main bulk of the fleet starting, with the density of yachts filling the western Solent gradually increasing until the waters are packed with yachts. However, by 0800 the front runners will need to be well past the Needles at the western extremity of the Isle of Wight if they are to have any hope of breaking the race records that were set two years ago.

A beat to the Needles
At 0710, the second start saw a further eight classes get away, including gaffers and a wide variety of multihulls. The latter ranged from the four professional teams in the ultra fast foiling GC32 class, to the giant MOD70 trimaran Concise 10. The latter is sailing with an all-star crew including French round the world racer Jean Pierre Dick and Paul Larsen, holder of the outright world sailing speed record at 65.45 knots.

The wind has swung more into the west for the early starters, giving a full beat to the Needles, which precludes the likelihood of records being broken - two years ago Sir Ben Ainslie rounded the Needles 38 minutes after the start on his record breaking race. The leader on the water currently appears to be Mike Slade's 100ft monohull Leopard, who is just past Yarmouth.

The largest of the more cruising oriented yachts in ISC Rating System divisions have also now started. While these boats lack the sheer adrenaline and speed potential of some of those in the IRC divisions, they are more likely to be sailed by family crew, but the intensity of the competition is often just as intense as it is among the teams of professional sailors at the front of the fleet.

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#rtir – Three months from now, the world's largest fleet of matched ocean racers will make its debut on the start line of the 84th JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (RTI) against 1,600 competitors.

It will be the eleventh time that Clipper Events has entered the largest single sailing race in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. This year, a record of sixteen Clipper Events yachts will compete, including the newest fleet of twelve Clipper 70-foot ocean racers, and four Clipper 68-foot yachts.

At the helm on board the fleet of Clipper 70s will be 144 employees from RTI Race Title Sponsor, JP Morgan Asset Management. Vice President of the Corporate Investment Bank, Cy Lloyd-Jones who has been the Commodore of the JP Morgan London Sailing Club for the past eight years says: "With the impressive size of boats Clipper Events offers, it is easy to spot the other entries on the water, which adds an extra level of competitiveness.

"The calibre of the Clipper Events staff both on and off the water is very high. The skipper and mates are enthusiastic and professional, it's a level of professionalism that is hard to find elsewhere in the sailing industry and we are looking forward to taking part in this classic race."

The leading global financial service will be racing in the Clipper Yacht class for the chance to win the Vaphio Cup against four Clipper 68's, chartered by private clients and companies Standard Chartered Bank and the RTI official clothing partner, Henri Lloyd. The class was created in 2009 after event organisers the Island Sailing Club donated the Cup to Clipper Events for its class and each yacht design will race under its ITC handicap.

Designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro, the Clipper 70 is fast and dynamic, breaking speed records of 35 knots. It features twin helms, twin rudders and a six-foot bowsprit, which allows the inclusion of three large asymmetric spinnakers and a suite of Yankee headsails, which combine to increase performance and boat speed. The fleet is tried and tested with over 40,000 nautical miles of offshore ocean racing across some of the world's most hospitable oceans whilst the Ed Dubois designed Clipper 68 has completed four circumnavigations.

The famous 50-mile race around the Isle of Wight sees 1,600 yachts take to the Solent. Teams of individuals come from all walks of life from across the globe with a variety of sailing experience, ranging from complete novices who have never sailed before to famous faces from the sailing industry.

Founded by legendary yachtsman and Clipper Ventures Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1995, Clipper Events is no stranger to adventure. It stands apart from other sailing event providers by using its unique fleet of identical ocean racers for iconic sailing events and hospitality and development experiences in the UK and Australia in Sydney, which also meets the business and relationship development objectives of UK and global companies. Previous sailing experience is not required as training is provided by professional Clipper Events staff.

Commenting on this year's race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says: This is Britain's largest sailing participation event and our fleet of twelve new Clipper 70's and four Clipper 68's will be up against some seriously fast yachts as well as some intense competition between themselves. The prospect of racing against as many as 1,600 boats in a crowded course of the 50 miles around the Isle of Wight really makes this one of the most exciting days in the sailing calendar. I wish them all an exhilarating day of competitive racing."

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