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#rtir – 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."
Entries open at 00.01 on January 9th.
The Race takes place on Saturday June 27th with a first start time scheduled for 0700.
#rtir – Anyone who did this year's Lambay Race will have no problem picturing what the Round the Island race was like. Lots of white sailing in uber light breeze, loads of tide and loads of sunshine writes Ric Morris who sailed on Royal Irish Quarter Tonner Cri Cri, a three time entrant into Britain's biggest yacht race.
A solid days boat prep on Friday meant we could we could afford a late start and we rolled out of the Yacht Haven with 15 minutes to go to our 0730 start. The lead boats at the Squadron end were over in the tide so we ended up starting in traffic. It took a good 5-10 minutes to find a clear lane solidly in the middle of the back eddy at Gurnard.
The first part of beat down to the Neadles we managed OK by keeping to the left had side of the caravan parade hogging the mid channel, holding our own with the lead quarter tonnes. As we approached Newtown Bay it looked like the wind ahead switched to the main land and we tacked over. Some poor traffic management -- including a somewhat curt discussion with one rather large moving wind shadow -- cost us crossing sides. The boats already out in the channel, including Illes, slipped past and Runnaway Bus, who stayed left, got away. To compound things by the time we extracted our selves mid channel the sea breeze began to swing left, lifting everyone inside us. We managed 1 tack in mid channel before eating humble pie back to the tidal shoot off Yarmouth.
The approach to the needles went well and we popped out from in between the light house and wreck less that 20 yards behind Illes and back in the hunt with the QT pack. Another 20 yards behind 2 boats tried to follow us through 'going a little wider'. Both hit the boiler with a resounding bang.
After the Needles we dug into Sctrachells Bay with Illes and initially took some distance on the other quarters outside us in a little more breeze and a lot more tide.
When Illes bailed out for breeze we decided to keep going inshore. At the end of the bay we tacked between the cliff and the Perch, dodging one submerged outcrop after a warning from another boat. The Sigma 38 behind us wasn't so lucky.
At this point the plan was to head out to sea but a 40ft catamaran blocked our path. Plan B involved some roll tacking to with in touching distance of the cliffs to picking up a sliver of breeze compressed along the cliff face. Unfortunately after it work well the first time a couple of Elan 333s and a Mini Transat decided it looked like a good idea and spoiled it for everyone. When they all hit bottom 5 yards off (you'd think people would have got the idea by now) they shut off the breeze and, with no pressure on our new fancy double sided mainsail, we had a major "puffer fish" wardrobe malfunction.
It felt like another 30 minutes to get back underway and to tack out to sea to meet the building sea breeze. On the plus side that gave us chance for a great old chat with the crew of a beautiful canoe sterned gaff rigger, comparing their 19th century technology to our mixture of 20th and 21st, as we ghosted along side each other for half a mile. By that time the rest of the QT fleet was long gone and the lead Folk Boat had more of less caught us up.
With less than an hour left in the tide we worked our way further offshore and after another 40 minutes plugging the last of the ebb we finally started to make way. For the next couple of hours chugging towards St Cathrine's in breeze and tide we passed out hundreds of boats inshore. By the time we got to the point, with the back eddy at Atherfield long over for those inside us, we where back up with the QTs and, holding our gauge 500m offshore, we passed out all but the lead 3 by the time we got to Ventnor.
Unfortunately off Ventnor the last of the sea breeze petered out and everything shut down again. The lead 3 boats and 2 inshore of us gybed off deep into Sandown Bay. Thinking that was the last of it and they would get stuck we hesitated just long enough. The gradient filled back in leaving us with no other choice than to run down the rhumb line. All 5 got a jump of 15 minutes on us at that point and after Bembridge we didn't see them again.
After rounding Bembridge ourselves the tight reach to Ryde didn't present to many issues but at the sands the spinnaker got caught around one of the battens on the main when we dropped it and we had to go head to wind for a couple of minutes to sort it out. As we headed back onto the beat home after Ryde Illes popper up and dogged us home finishing 2:29 behind, enough to beet us by 27 seconds in a little over 11 hours of racing.
It turned out to be a race for boats around 0.900 and all the quarter tonners did well. We ended up 8th quarter tonner, 5th in our 50 boat division and 17th overall. Land legs, sun stroke and celebratory Dark & Stormy's make a great combination.
Paul and the rest of the Cri Cri crew are staying out for the Quarter Ton Cup with Ben Duncan taking over the tactics. Racing starts tomorrow.
#rtir – An early start for Jason and Dominic Losty's Quarter Tonner Illes Pituses in this year's Round the Island race saw them heading for the boat at 06:30 to enjoy the fantastic sight of 1,600 boats heading from Cowes in the early morning of clear skies and light winds.
A good start followed by a long beat towards the Needles in light fluctuating breeze which saw huge gains and losses across the fleet. Illes Pituses kept pace with the front of the fleet and had caught a number of larger boats that had started ahead including many 40 ft boats, despite a sea sick skipper feeding the ducks for half the leg.
At the Needles a very close (probably too close) rounding had the boat in good position overall with mainly 40 foot boats and a few other quarter tons .
The long fetch to St Catherines point saw the boat climb through more big boats to be in a good position at St Catherines point. However the breeze shut down completely and after six hours racing it was still all to play for and Illes Pituses were in a very good position surrounded by much bigger boats.
However it was at this point that a few of the boats managed to get some breeze despite being less than 100m away and managed to slip away from Illes Petuses. The breeze filled in from the land and the fleet had a lovely fast run along the back of the Island to Bambridge. Illes Pituses continued to make good progress to the Gybe mark off Bambridge in what were now fantastic sailing conditions of 10 knots and glorious sunshine.
A fetch along the Ryde banks and a nice beat to finish followed with Illes Pituses finishing in just over 11 hours and surrounded by a number of J109s, X332s and similar boats. The overall result has the boat in 16th overall in IRC which pleased the crew but gave a feeling of what might have been had the boat been 100m further to sea at St Catherines point and managed to keep in the breeze.
The Cove Sailing Club entry was one of a number of Irish boats in this year's massive race. Dublin quarter–tonner Cri Cri (Paul Colton) was also competing in the race for the third time, losing out to the Cove yacht by 25 seconds on handicap after 11 hours plus racing.
Jason and Domnic Losty's boat is still in Cowes preparing for the Coutts Quarter Ton cup which will start on Wednesday this week and promises to be a great event with almost 40 boats expected with a fleet full of top pros and Olympians. Also racing are Dublin boats Cri Cri and Cartoon (K. Lawless)
In other Round the Island race news, Irish Commodore's Cupper Quokka was third in IRC Zero.
#rtir– The longest day of the summer came close to delivering the longest J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race ever, writes Kate Laven, 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.
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.
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.
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."
Racing debuts pay dividends
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 monohulls in battle royale
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.
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.
Results are being posted here
#RTIR – The Island Sailing Club, organisers of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race has been informed that Leopard, the largest boat in Saturday's Round the Island Race, at 30 metres, and due to be co-helmed by owner/driver Mike Slade and Sir Ben Ainslie, has been pulled from the Race owing to rigging failure. Leopard broke her own monohull record last year achieving 3hrs 43mins 50secs.
Sir Ben will instead be racing on the Farr 45 Rebel (IRC 0) in the first start at 0630 on Saturday and he says that despite his regret at not having the chance to go for both RTI course records, having broken the multihull record last year rounding in 2hrs 52mins 15secs, he is delighted that he will have an opportunity to still enjoy racing with his fellow BAR Team members and is looking forward to what potentially might be a more relaxing ride than he had last year.
#rtir – A Cork based Quarter Tonner yacht will represent Irish hopes in Saturday's Round the Island Race. Jason Lostys Illes Pitiuses, a modified Farroux quarter ton, will compete in the Solent's Round the Island Race. The boat will be crewed by Cove Sailing club members from Cork Harbour and will also be a warm up for the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup which starts next Wednesday.
#rtir – Peta Stuart-Hunt provides an overview as the countdown to the longest day commences
This Saturday, the 83rd edition of the Round the Island Race, hosted and run by the Cowes-based Island Sailing Club, will commence at 0630. The massive fleet will head off from Cowes on the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. The Race, enjoying its 10th year of title sponsorship from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, started in 1931 with 25 boats and on Saturday 21st June - the longest day - there will be in excess of 1580 yachts competing.
The Race has come a long way since those early days and especially over the past ten years under the continuing expert stewardship of the Island Sailing Club, J.P. Morgan Asset Management and the family of Race Partners.
In order to bring the Race alive to its army of supporters around the world, skippers are encouraged to sign up to live tracking rtir.me/tracking, whilst families, friends and followers around the globe can follow the Race progress on the popular LIVE Blog, and there's a constant news output both on the Race website and on social media platforms.
This Race continues to retain a special place in sailors' hearts and its popularity continues to increase as organisers point to a 7% growth in the number of 'first timers' signing up to experience one of the most iconic yacht races in the world.
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is indeed the largest yacht race of its kind in the world and it is also one of the largest participation sports in the UK attracting over 15,000 sailors to its start line. Entries come in from a wide range of professionals and amateur sailors, across the generations and level of ability... and all competing on equal terms. It's a rare and special thing.
2014's Race is held on Saturday 21st June. The first start is scheduled for 0630.
The 2014 Event is J.P. Morgan Asset Management's 10th year as Title Sponsor and the 83rd edition of this iconic yacht race.
The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners for 2014: Dream Yacht Charter, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, Volvo Car UK.
The 2014 Race strapline is 'A Race for All'. If you tweet Race news using the hashtag #raceforall, J.P. Morgan will donate £1 to the Official Race Charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
The Round the Island Race was first established in 1931.
2011 marked the 80th Anniversary of this great race.
The 50 nautical mile westabout Race starts and finishes in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the centre of British yachting.
The first race in 1931 had just 25 entrants. The top trophy awarded - as now - was the coveted Gold Roman Bowl, a replica of a Roman bowl dredged up from the River Thames.
The Race is an all-encompassing event that caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level.
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.
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.
Nautica Watches sponsors the annual Outstanding Seamanship Award.
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 JP 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 JPMAM Salver for First Overall IRC went to 5 West, the TP52 owned and helmed by Sir Keith Mills and Robert Greenhalgh.
The Silver Roman Bowl and JPMAM Salver for Second Overall IRC went to Pace and Johnny Vincent.
The Observer Trophy and JPMAM Trophy for first Monohull to finish went to Mike Slade and ICAP Leopard.
#rtir – There has been a distinct upturn in the number of first timers entering the annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race since entries opened on January 3rd compared with a few years ago. Early Bird entries have now closed and currently entries stand at over 600. This year's Race takes place on Saturday 21st June, just a week before the Round Ireland race from Wicklow.
American Chris Palmer has entered J Taime, his J/109 (GBR6709R) into her 4th Round the Island Race although Chris has raced the annual 50-nautical mile course a few times on other boats. He lives in London and moved to the UK in 1995 for the weather and the sailing!
Weather permitting it will be the family's first Round the Island Race together, but they have done some inshore IRC racing with Chris in the past, and have cruised J Taime and other yachts. This year is a particularly special race though as the family has agreed to race with Dad to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Chris says that he is hoping that Maddy (13) will be able to steer some sections when the boat is not under too much load. Chris's son, Christopher "Chip" Palmer, will be aged nine on Race day and also on board is big sister Isabella (15) and Mum Gaby (Mexican/British) together with some friends.
First IRC entry
The first IRC entry was Geoff Gritton's Quarter Tonner Panic (GBR7299), a first timer this year. Geoff, from Brightlingsea in Essex, has sailed across the Atlantic twice and sailed dinghies and SB20s.
"MyQuarter Tonner is fully optimised for IRC and is a Peter Gimpel one-off design. I sailed on the boat in 1986 and then bought her in 2011. Since then we have put a new mast and rig and completely replaced the deck gear. I feel very lucky to own this fantastic boat.
"We are a bunch of Essex men just really enjoying our sailing and the banter both on and off the boat. Just because we laugh a lot, that doesn't mean we aren't serious about our racing. We win most races we enter on the East Coast but we love coming to the sailing mecca that is Cowes to learn how to become even better," writes Geoff on his entry form.
First overseas entry is VIP
Another first time entry from M Fabrice Sobczak from Mons in Belgium is actually named VIP (FRA37835), a Beneteau First 35. Fabrice is joined for the Race by friends coming from the Belgium Rugby Club of Mons (former players and supporters) who appreciate sailing together.
The generation game
As one of the highlights of the annual yacht racing calendar, competing in and completing the Round the Island Race is a noteworthy achievement for sailors of all ages to add to their sailing CV and Race entries span every age group and level of experience and ability.
A J/80 called J-Wife (GBR751) has been entered by first timer Simon Watson from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. Three generations are racing J-Wife; grandfather Roger (78), his son Simon (46) and grandson Angus (15) and there's not a wife in sight. We're guessing that the boat demands rather more of their time than the women in their lives!
Fundraising for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Ocean Odysea (GBR3490L) is a Bavaria 45 entered by Duncan Smith, RYA, YM Instructor and Principal of Waterfront Sailing Academy based in Brighton and is the first entry to declare that they are fundraising for the official Race charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (EMCT). The boat will be crewed by a group of students undergoing RYA training. Duncan's son Darran, is skippering Med Odysea (GBR3491L), a Bavaria 39 and is also fund-raising for the EMCT.
Don't forget that in the lead up to and during the Race weekend, everyone can help raise funds for the EMCT by simply using the hashtag #raceforall and Race Title Sponsor J.P. Morgan will donate £1 per tweet to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer
#rtir – With the start of this new year comes the announcement from the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight, that the title sponsorship of the iconic Round the Island Race will continue to reside with J.P. Morgan Asset Management for a further two-year period up to and including 2016.
The Island Sailing Club, organisers of this most famous annual one-day Round the Island Race that was first held in 1931 and comprises a 50nm course around the Isle of Wight held each June, has enjoyed an enduring and constantly evolving relationship with J.P. Morgan.
The announcement took place at the London Boat Show on the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 stand, exhibiting the very boat which broke the Race Multihull record last year. In addition to the Race sponsorship continuation, J.P. Morgan has cemented its commitment to the sport of sailing by announcing title sponsorship of Sir Ben Ainslie and his team BAR in the Extreme Sailing Series 2014. Jasper Berens, Head of UK Funds Business at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, said:
"We're delighted to announce our title sponsorship of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will continue for a further two years, to include 2015 and 2016. We've been involved in sailing for the last decade as title sponsor of the Race and we are also into our eighth year as title sponsor of Sir Ben Ainslie, which includes sponsoring his entry into the Extreme Sailing Series 2014 with his team J.P. Morgan BAR, so today's announcements further confirms our commitment to the sport.
"J.P. Morgan's involvement in sailing continues to be thoroughly rewarding, not just in terms of our brand but also in helping us connect with our existing and potential clients. To be involved in an event like the Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, with the best sailors in the world competing alongside amateurs is an honour and we hope our support can make the event a great success."
In response, the Commodore of the ISC, John Dudley, speaking on behalf of the entire Race management team said:
"This Race, the largest of its kind in the world, continues to evolve under the ISC's stewardship. However, with J.P. Morgan Asset Management, we have been fortunate to work hand in hand with a Title Sponsor and our Race Partners who fully support and help us launch new initiatives."
Dudley continued, "Over the past nine years of J.P. Morgan's sponsorship, the Round the Island Race has developed beyond everyone's expectations with new technological initiatives being introduced, alongside fundamental improvements such as the provision of free water taxis to ferry competitors from berth to boat and back. We have also been fortunate to enjoy hosting Sir Ben Ainslie, also sponsored by J.P. Morgan, and the Race media coverage has broadened as a result. We enjoy working with J.P. Morgan's team for the benefit of everyone associated with the Race."
The global profile of the Round the Island Race has also been significantly enhanced as tracking and EventTV, the live Blog and 'as live' imagery from the race course has bought the Race to life for armchair spectators around the world.
Entries are open!
The first entry recorded for the 2014 Race was from Simon King with Aurora, a Jeanneau 36i. Simon is a sailing school principal and RYA instructor but keeps the Race weekend free to sail with his mates on a "boys weekend". It is one of the sailing highlights that he most looks forward to during the year. "The 'boys' really enjoy the whole weekend and are staggered at how well the race is run," commented Simon.
Meanwhile, the winner of the ISC's December prize draw for a free entry to the 2014 Race is Vicky Williams and her vessel, a Challenge 72 Challenge Wales. On Race day they will be sailing with disadvantaged young people.
To be part of the exciting on-water action on Saturday 21st June and benefit from the early bird entry fee for the 2014 Race you need to enter online by midnight on February 1st, after which the Standard entry fee applies until midnight on Saturday 7th June.
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