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The TP52 5 West, owned and helmed throughout today's race by Sir Keith Mills, with Robert Greenhalgh as boat skipper, has been announced as provisional overall winner of the Gold Roman Bowl this year. Speaking with Sir Keith after the Race he said,
"It was a great race, although I didn't expect to win as it's usually a small boat like a Folkboat or Contessa 26 that gets it in the end.
"We always have a good tussle with the other TP52s - Pace and Weapon of Choice - but today we had a new sail that we've not used much before. It's an A3 spinnaker that helped us pull away from Pace on the way to the Needles. We then had some really good fast surfing round the back of the Island, although my arms feel as though they have stretched today - the boat has tiller steering, which is hard work.
"It was great for the team on board today. They really enjoyed it and it was more special because most of us were at Bart's [Andrew Simpson] funeral yesterday - we all thought it would be a fitting tribute to him if we had a good race today."
ISCRS provisional overall winners
The top boats in the ISCRS rated classes this year are a mix of large and small boats. The winner is Peter Bainbridge's J/122 Sky Hunter ll, which crossed the line at 1222 to take the Silver Gilt Roman Bowl.
The second boat on corrected time is the second-slowest rated boat of the 1,459 entries, Gavin Mann and Robert Lewis' 39-year-old Fisher Freeward 25 motor sailer, Nexus. She finished shortly after 1600 and missed taking the top spot by the tightest of margins - a mere 14 seconds.
Next in the overall ISCRS standings was another big boat, Nick Atkinson's Beneteau First 47.7 Firefly, with Brian Haugh's wooden classic East Anglian class from 1958 fourth overall.
There are now fewer than 200 boats still racing, with the bulk of the remainder now within sight of the finish, although a few stragglers are further back and making slow progress. They have until the time limit of 2130 to reach the finish.
Today's main highlights:
The TP52 5 West, owned and helmed throughout the race by Sir Keith Mills, with Robert Greenhalgh as boat skipper, has been announced as provisional overall winner of the Gold Roman Bowl.
Sir Ben Ainslie's 45ft America's Cup catamaran J.P. Morgan BAR stormed round the Island in 2 hours 52 minutes 15 seconds, carving more than 16 minutes off the record time set by Francis Joyon in 2001.
Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard finished at 0843.50, shaving 9 minutes 45 seconds off the monohull race record he set in 2008.
Last year's overall Gold Roman Bowl winner, the TP52 Weapon of Choice (which sailed as Manroland Sheetfed in 2012), has picked up a time penalty for a rule infringement, putting her out of contention for the big prizes today.
Phil Cotton's 30ft Seacart trimaran Buzz is confirmed as winner of the Grand Prix multihull class on handicap, with a half hour lead on Sir Ben Ainslie's record breaking 45ft catamaran J.P. Morgan BAR on corrected time.
One of the five Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust boats, EMCT 2/Scarlet Oyster is confirmed as finishing third in class.
LINE HONOURS OVERALL (first over the line)
1. J. P. Morgan BAR (Sir Ben Ainslie) 2hrs 52mins 15sec
2. ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade) 3hrs 43mins 50sec
LINE HONOURS MONOHULLS
1. ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade) 3hrs 43mins 50sec - winners of the Observer Trophy and J. P. Morgan Asset Management Trophy
2. Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson) 4hrs 12mins 1sec
LINE HONOURS MULTIHULLS
1. J. P. Morgan BAR 2hrs 52mins 15sec
2. Buzz (Phil Cotton) 3hrs 54mins 47sec
#rtir – British sailing superstar Ben Ainslie stormed across the finish line at 0802:15, accompanied by a swarm of RIBs and Ian Roman's photo helicopter, to smash the 12-year-old race record. He finished the race in 2 hours 52 minutes 15 seconds, carving more than 16 minutes off Francis Joyon's 2001 time and taking the record time to less than three hours.
Ben and his team on J.P.Morgan BAR celebrate their fabulous record-breaking achievement right after crossing the line in today's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Photo: Patrick Eden
Second across the finish line was Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard. Having sailed the first half of the race in 1 hour 40 minutes the giant monohull looked to be well inside the record time of 3 hours 53 minutes she set in 2008. However, Leopard slowed in the second half of the race and it wasn't clear that she would better the record time until she was a few minutes away from the finish. She finally crossed the line at 0843.50, shaving 9 minutes 45 seconds off her previous record.
Speaking while enjoying a glass of celebratory champagne, Slade said: "When we were rounding St Catherine's Point we were concerned that the wind would start dying off Shanklin - but it stayed up all the way round the Island. We're also looking forward to the handicap result - if it drops as forecast we could do well on handicap as well. It looks like it will be a good day for everyone - they will all get round and everyone's going to have a great day."
The back markers in the fleet of almost 1,500 boats are having a very different experience to the front-runners. Stephen Payne's Moody 27 family cruiser Phantom of Cramond in ISCRS Division 8B, for instance, is enjoying a much more leisurely sail - at 0850 they were passing Yarmouth, just 9 miles from the start.
With the winds stronger than forecast so far, some damaged sails have been seen. Paralympic Gold medallist Helena Lucas, sailing with Campbell Field on the Elan 450 Squire Sanders, reported splitting a spinnaker in half between the Needles and St Catherine's Point.
#RTIR - Winning tactical advice from some well-known names and faces associated with the Round the Island Race has been posted online ahead of the latest edition of the iconic annual event at the Isle of Wight.
Later today (31 May) will also see the official pre-race press conference on the eve of the 2013 JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, the 82nd anniversary of one of the most prestigious events on the world sailing calendar.
A terrific line-up of guests including Dame Ellen MacArthur and Alex Thomson will be on hand for the presser, which will be streamed live online and will also feature a tribute to the late Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, whose memorial service and private funeral is also being held today. The Island Sailing Club will fly the ensign at half-mast this afternoon.
Later this evening, the race competitors will meet for the all-important weather briefing. Racers will be given the latest weather and tidal information luve, coboned with tactical advice from Met Office-trained professional meteorologist Chris Tibbs.
In addition, competitors can evaulate the weather prior to the race by viewing the course overview and tidal strategy videos at the Raymarine website.
Among this year's competitors are Yvonne Margerison and her long-term partner Mike Flint, who are racing in their 20th Round the Island Race.
The couple entered their first back in 1993 in their boat Charis and have taken part almost every year since, apart from one when their mast was broken awaiting repair, and another when they sold Charis and were waiting to buy their new boat Gernee (S31) which is entered this year.
Margerison and Flint are passionate about sailing, have been very active members at Rutland Sailing Club - Flint is a past commodore - and both are former commodores at the Newparks Cruising Association Club.
While there's been talk of their retirement from racing - let's hope that won't be till after tomorrow's race, where race organisers hope they'll put in a strong showing.
How to follow the Round The Island Race action
The action begins tomorrow morning 1 June at 5am, and spectators can keep fully up to speed on the racing as it unfolds via the official Round the Island Race website, with features from the live blog to live race tracking, weather updates, and the latest news and results.
The race Facebook page and Twitter feed will also be maintained with the latest happenings. For those wishing to contribute to the Twitter news as the racers sail around the island, use the hashtags #RTIR and/or #RaceForAll to raise another £1 for the official charity, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
#roundtheisland – After opening for business on 4th January, Race entries at 0900 today (Monday 21st January) number 289. As ever, the Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes are taking a keen interest in who is signing up for the 82nd edition of this iconic Race and selecting a few entrants to mention in its series of monthly entry news updates. This is a race for all and the updates will feature a variety of boats and competitors from across the classes.
John and Sue Allison from Lymington in Hampshire have purchased Jumbuck, a J/109, and are racing her in her first season under IRC in 2013. The couple say they were keen offshore racers in the 1990's achieving some notable success on the Western Australian racing scene. They moved into cruising from the UK which included winning the 2007 ARC, and are now back to racing in earnest! There will be nine on board comprising family and friends including two pals who are flying in from Oz for the Race.
The first overseas entry this year was the Belgian-owned Bounty, a Grand Soleil 46 entered by Peter Huysman who competed for the first time last year.
First timers are always especially interesting to follow on Race day and the first of many already signed up this year is Rumpleteazer, a Scanmar 33, owned and skippered by Eric Bates from Plymouth, Devon. He may be new to the Race but is certainly no novice to racing! Eric is an RYA Yachtmaster and has competed in three Rolex Fastnet races (2007, 2009 and 2011) and the 2010 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race.
Another first time entrant but with 20+ trans-Atlantics, the Indian Ocean (Qatar - Cairns, Hong Kong - London), Cape Town - Gibraltar included on his sailing CV, is John Kitchen from Bristol who is racing Blue Mango. Lacoste, the high-fashion label, commissioned Sparkman & Stephens to design this 42 footer and Dufour to build them in the 1980's. Only 12 were produced. Six are in the USA, two in the UK and the remainder are in France, Portugal, Canada and Venezuela.
A highly experienced Round the Island Race skipper is Peter Morton from Cowes with 20 RTI Race circumnavigations under his belt. Salvo, a Corby 33 (ex-Salamander XX) was built in Poland in 2007 and is one of a series of John Corby designs built at the same yard and a sister boat to Banshee and No Retreat, also both Cowes-based.
Meanwhile, London-based Sarah Bole will be doing the Race with her mother and father although in previous years she has always competed on an Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust boat. This is the year she enters and skippers her own boat High Potential, a 1978 Contessa 26 and we wish her, and all competitors, a safe and enjoyable Race.
We will be keeping a particularly close eye on one 72 year-old competitor (not the oldest however - Ed), Robin Hunter-Coddington! He is skippering his Rival 32 Ayton Serenade, has competed in this Race for 12 years and achieved a very commendable 2nd in class in 2008. Last year the yacht suffered gear failure and they were forced to retire. What really caught our eye on his entry form was the fact that in 2010 he SWAM to France in a relay, leaving the UK aged 69, and arriving in France aged 70; an imaginative way to celebrate a major birthday. We prefer cake and balloons!
If you haven't already entered the Race which takes place on Saturday 1st June, do remember that Early Bird entries close at midnight on February 2nd!
#roundtheislandrace– Actual, the French Multi 50 Trimaran has taken line honours in today's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
In an action packed race four incidents have been reported by the race management team at the Island Sailing Club. There have been two head injuries and one spinal injury. Families have been informed and the Island Sailing Club will provide updates as further information becomes available. A small multihull capsized North of Hamstead Ledge on the North-West of the Island. All crew are safely onshore in Yarmouth.
Whilst still too early to reveal the Gold Roman Bowl winner, some class wins are now looking more final with potentially an IRC 0 win for Tony Langley's TP52 Manroland Sheetfed, and David Apthorp's J/111 J-Dream, winning IRC Group 1.
The triple Olympic gold and silver medallist Ben Ainslie and the race crew on board the largest boat ever to compete in the Race, the 162ft Eleonora, had a great day on the water but back on shore Ben Ainslie commented that they were unable to notch up a decent overall result and ended up in 47th place in IRC 0. Speaking about his day on the water, and his last big event before the Olympic Games, Ben said: "It was a lovely day, a beautiful boat and amazing racing, and totally different to what I'm used to."
Congratulations are in order for many of those out racing today with so many individual stories to tell as usual. Race Partner Britannia had a number of entries in today's race. The crew of Reflex 38, Jaguar Logic won class IRC 1B as well as taking 2nd overall in IRC 1. The crew only trained together for the first time the day before the Race and comprised two complete novices who have never raced before under the guidance of skipper, Tim Thuberon who put together a team who had never even been round the Island before! Well done them.
There were plenty of retirements throughout the day, and 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), had racing cancelled, but generally competitors enjoyed some fantastic racing in spirited conditions.
Pictured above is The 'Eleonora' at the needles, in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, which started from the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, at 07.00 today.
The Round the Island Race is the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, it is dubbed Britain's favourite yacht race, attracting over 1,800 yachts and 16,000 competitors.
Sailors come to compete from all over the UK and mainland Europe and from as far away as the USA and Australia to converge on Cowes, Isle of Wight, for a one day yacht racing spectacular. They are there to compete in the famous J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, and to follow its notorious 50 nautical mile course around the Island.
From a Race that had its first outing in 1931 with 25 yachts entered, this yachting extravaganza can rightfully claim its 21st century place as the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK. Whatever the age, gender or level of ability, amateurs and professionals, first timers and old timers, this Race means something to everyone who enters it. Today, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is a festival of sailing that is as keenly followed ashore as it is afloat.
Guests included Commodore of the Race hosts, the Island Sailing Club, Mr Rod Nicholls, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Ben Ainslie, Mike Perham and Jessica Watson, Tom Richardson, Julian Everitt, and Raymarine's weather guru Libby Greenhalgh.
Direct quotes from those interviewed at today's press conference:
"I think this Race is special because I live on the Isle of Wight, that is a big reason for me. Also, it was one of the first races I did in my Mini Transat boat and it's around the Isle of Wight which is beautiful. I think what has made it special for me over the last few years is because of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and I cannot think of a better way of racing round the Island than with these young people who are a) having fun, and b) truly inspirational.
"The Cancer Trust is a very special charity; we help young people cope with their illness by taking them out on the water and building their confidence. Everyone who sails knows just how special it is to be on the water because it is an amazing feeling of freedom. I think that having 1,908 boats racing tomorrow and if everyone is aware of what we do and supports us in some way, that makes a huge amount of difference.
"First and foremost, the huge benefit the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust gets from this Race is the young people out there having an adventure, and it really is an adventure because it is 50 miles starting and finishing in the same place. It is an amazing opportunity for those people and they love it. But is also important for us to be the official charity for the Round the Island Race because to have the support of the race, thousands and thousands of sailors out there all taking part in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, and they feel like they are all sailing for the Trust and that was crucial to us and that is something we are going to build up over the years but to be here and have that fundraising in what are difficult financial times is absolutely key."
David Poskitt – EMCT sailor
"I did the Round the Island Race last year so I know more or less what to expect. Sailing with the Trust sort of proves to me that because I have an illness it doesn't mean I can't take part in sports like sailing. Also, because there's a lot of teamwork involved in those you sail with, you build up great friendships."
Gary Copeland from Derbyshire– was the record-breaking entry at number 1876 (final entry figure is 1908)
"We have a Cowes Classic, built in 1962 next to Lallows Boatyard in Cowes. I've never ever done it before but my sister Gill has, so she's the expert. We are really looking forward to being part of this amazing event. Our boat is based at East Cowes but we commute every three weeks from Derbyshire."
Julian Everett – Racing Shallot, sister ship to Glass Onion.
"I have won the Gold Roman Bowl once in Glass Onion in 1982. As far as favourable conditions are concerned I really don't think it matters. It doesn't matter if it is blowing hard or light. You don't race anybody else you just try and get round as fast as you can."
Richard Simmonds: "In some ways over the past 80 years, everything's changed but nothing has changed at all, and a lot of that is due to where we are standing right now and the people of this Club."
The Charity Cup is presented for the most money raised for the charity by an individual. Dennise Shepherd raised £6,000 for Breast Cancer Care for her 201 Race and she wins the Charity Cup. To a round of applause Dennise said, "I feel a bit of a fraud because my husband and my parents did most of the fund raising while I just had a lot of fun."
Gold Roman Bowl winners
Tom Richardson 1965 – "We won on Firebrand which was built in Lallows, Cowes. A beautiful varnished Sparkman and Stephens boat. We had a great race that year and managed to pull of a result and won it. But tomorrow Hamish and I will be racing her again, sadly without Dennis Millar who is no longer with us, but this time with Ed Dubois who now owns her.
Julian Everitt 1982 – won the Gold Roman Bowl on Glass Onion
"We won the event by seven seconds but we didn't know until later. This year we are on the sister ship – Shallot. Potentially competitive but it is all about tidal gate and where you are at the time. You don't race the competitors you just try to sail your own fastest race, and try to avoid everybody. That is the key."
Brian Appleyard 2010 – won the Gold Roman Bowl in 2010
"Interestingly we had no idea how well we were doing. We were in close contact with several boats of a similar handicap all the way round. We thought we'd beaten everything we could see but what the big boats were doing, we had no idea. I think it will be tough again this year because there seems to a lot of small boats with huge amounts of sails and they are going plan away like mad and we don't do that. We are hoping for about 15kts."
Michael Perham – British teenage solo sailing star
"We are sailing quite an average boat really and there are lots of average boats out there which can be so competitive so we hope to have a great day."
Jessica Watson – Australian teenage solo sailing star
"First time here. This is also the first time sailing in the UK. We call a big fleet back home a couple of hundred boats but this is amazing."
Richard Simmonds: You are nothing without winning the Gold Roman Bowl to add to your trophy and medal cabinet!
"I have tried to win it lots of times. I feel a bit of a fraud turning up to this event because there are so many winners from the past so I think I need to have a bit of a chat with these offshore experts over here (Ellen, Michael Perham, Jessica Watson). I am on a potentially competitive boat this year – a brand-new Ker 40 KERONIMO which has been going well on the local racing circuit plus we have a really great team onboard including Will Greenwood who knows a bit about winning Rugby World Cups. I think we are going to be quite heavy but by the sounds of the forecast we might be okay tomorrow. We're looking for 25kts."
Libby Greenhalgh – presenting the Raymarine Weather Briefing at the ISC this evening at 1800 hrs
"I think at some point someone will be smiling because the sun will be out at the end of the day. We are expecting a building breeze. It will start out about 15kts and will potentially increase to 20-25kts especially round the back of the Island with the south-westerly creating nice big waves; there'll be plenty of excitement. Definitely put your oilies on!
"Basically you have a low pressure moving in creating a bit of an overcast, drizzly start and as we go through the day and the skies clear, just expect a bit of a thermal enhancement which will add 4-5kts to the forecast, so definitely expecting that to continue, and this will in some ways perhaps favour those smaller boats in the building breeze."
This epic event, dubbed 'Britain's favourite yacht race' has attracted a record number of entries this year, now standing at a phenomenal 1,908 since entries closed last Saturday.
Rod Nicholls, Commodore of the Island Sailing Club, reflects the mood of everyone involved in this year's Race, saying, "We're all very excited at the prospect of welcoming a record fleet on the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes early on Saturday morning. We're hoping for good sailing conditions to help get everyone away on time and safely round the Island."
The first start is at 0600 when the gun will be fired by TV personality Denise van Outen to commence a series of class starts lasting one hour 40 minutes that sees eleven different classes of boat set off on their epic one-day racing adventure.
The first finisher, taking line honours, but not necessarily winning the famous Gold Roman Bowl, is expected to cross the finish line back in Cowes at around 0930 after completing the 50 nautical mile westabout course. Lionel Lemonchois, a former winner of the Route du Rhum in 2006 and 2010, could be the first skipper celebrating. He is racing in this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on the 50ft Trimaran Prince de Bretagne. Another of Lionel's claims to racing fame is as part of the Groupama 3 team that won the 2010 Jules Verne Trophy with Franck Cammas at the helm, racing around the globe in 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds.
A Race for all
After the excitement of congratulating the crew taking line honours, the team at the Island Sailing Club will be finishing boats throughout the day right up until 10pm, the time that every boat needs to have completed the Race in order to qualify for a result.
This Race is a great opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first timers. Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the Race, the course records stand at 3hrs 53mins 05secs for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2008, and 3hrs 08mins 29secs for a multihull boat, set by Francis Joyon in 2001.
One of the famous names to look out for on Saturday is Ben Ainslie, triple Olympic Gold medallist, who is setting out with a steely determination to win this year and add to his gold and silverware collection. Ben is being joined on board the Ker 40 Keronimo by ace navigator Mike Broughton and Trimmer Mark Campbell-James amongst others. The ex-World Cup Rugby player Will Greenwood has also signed on as crew and will be lending a hand to this high profile team.
JP54 is the straightforward name given to a top-of-the-range fast cruiser-racer designed, and skippered in this year's Race, by Jean-Pierre Dick. He has won the 2010-2011 and the 2007-2008 Barcelona World Race as well as wearing the winner's garland at the end of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2005.
Commenting on his entry into this 80th Anniversary Race, Jean-Pierre Dick said, "I have always really wanted to take part in this very fine event, which is certainly one of the best English yachting races. I will be discovering the Round the Island Race for the first time and I am really looking forward to taking part in this sailing festival. I got a lot of pleasure out of sailing in the Tour de Belle-Ile last May. So I am starting the cruiser racing exercise all over again, since it is particularly suited to the JP54. She is comfortable and fast. It will be simply an enjoyable moment with a crew of friends. Of course, our goal is to sail as fast as possible while enjoying the wonderful landscapes around the Isle of Wight, particularly the huge limestone cliffs. It's a magical island!"
Sir Keith Mills will be joined on board the TP52 Team Origin by double Olympic Gold medallist Iain Percy and Olympic Gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson whilst one of the world's most famous sailors, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, will be aboard a Clipper 68 for the circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. Sir Robin was the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world in 1969.
The fairer sex is also well represented with some superb sailing talent in action. Two of the three Women's Match Racing Champions, Kate and Lucy Macgregor, are racing in Laser SB3s along with Hannah Mills who sails with Saskia Clark in the 470 class. They have all qualified for the pre-Olympics test event in Weymouth this August.
Helena Lucas, the 2.4m Paralympic sailor, is skippering a J109 as part of Team Volvo. Paul Goodison, Laser Olympic Gold medallist and 470 sailor Saskia Clark are also on a J109 but they're joined by sailing novices Denise van Outen and her friend, actor Chris Parker. Finally, steering another of the Team Volvo boats is Nick Dempsey, also on a J109 and not in his usual comfort zone! Nick is the Olympic RSX windsurf Bronze medallist and former World Champion, selected for Team GBR at the pre-Olympic test event in Weymouth.
Teenage solo sailing stars Jessica Watson and Michael Perham are teaming up to race together for the first time on a Bavaria 37 Cold Play.
Gipsy Moth IV, the historic yacht that was the home of Sir Francis Chichester when he sailed single-handedly around the world in 1966-67, is to be crewed by young sailors from UKSA.
Dame Ellen MacArthur is sailing on one of six Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust boats competing this year with young people in recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other illnesses. The Trust is the official charity of the Race in 2011 and 2012 and we wish them all well.
Whether they complete the Race in the allotted time or not, every single entrant in this year's historic Race will be awarded a commemorative 80th Anniversary tankard.
'Spectacular', 'awe-inspiring' and 'exhilarating' are all words attributed to the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and if you were one of the 16,000 sailors who took part this year, you will have the chance to re-live your race through a two-part Channel 4 documentary airing this month. A must-watch for all sports and sailing fans, Part 1 will air Saturday 13th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4 and Part 2 goes out on Saturday 20th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4.
Every year in June over 16,000 sailors, from Olympic gold medallists and world champions to family crews and those trying their hand at racing for the first time, compete in this unique yacht race around the Isle of Wight that is organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. In most racing events the top prize usually goes to the first entry across the finish line; this is where the Round the Island Race differs. The coveted prize is the Gold Roman Bowl that is won by the crew with the best corrected time, worked out through a handicap system. This means big or small, all boats have the opportunity to win the grand prize.
Highs and lows
The two-part programme, produced by Sunset+Vine|APP in association with Channel 4, tells the story of four very different personalities, each with special reasons to compete in the 2010 race. The first part of the documentary takes the viewer into the day-to-day world of each of the four sailors, as they prepare for the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. The second part is filmed during the race itself with onboard cameras showing the highs and the lows as they compete against a fleet of some 1,700 boats.
The first to feature is a professional multihull sailor, Loick Peyron. He is skippering the boat that crossed the finish line first in 2009. The team from OMAN SAIL are back to try and make it two in a row, racing one of the world's fastest sailboats. Can Loick repeat the team's success? The pressure is on!
The next character is Welsh surgeon Paul Rhys-Davies. Experience-wise he is a polar opposite to Loick. Paul is a newcomer to the world of sailing and hasn't even entered a race before! He is determined to finish his 50-nautical mile lap of the Isle of Wight with his rookie crew but their pre-race training doesn't go to plan and Paul is so nervous that he is unable to sleep the night before the race.
Having competed in the race numerous times, a man who understands the handicap system well is Cowes-based designer Jo Richards. For the 2010 edition he decided to design and build a small boat to race. He knew it would take much longer than most boats to finish the race, yet owing to its handicap rating, his boat named Moonshadow could still win the coveted Gold Roman Bowl. The story of Jo Richards begins with a race against time to complete the build of his boat, obtain a rating and make it to the start line.
The final competitor is competing not to win but to celebrate beating cancer. Dennise Shepherd is in recovery from breast cancer and has set herself the goal to complete the J.P Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, the charity that supported her through her treatment. Dennise, from Chester, is used to sailing her tiny Mirror dinghy on a small lake, so competing in a fleet of over 1,700 yachts on open sea will be a massive and emotional learning curve.
Then tune in on the 13th and 20th November to see how they get on and enjoy this 'spectacular', 'awe-inspiring' and 'exhilarating' race from the comfort of your armchair.
Save the dates
Saturday, 13th November 2010 at 7.30am
Saturday, 20th November 2010 at 7.30am.
Ireland is off to a great start this morning in the Round the Island Race. ICRA Commodore Barry Rose is out by the Needles. He says: "Antix is doing super in Class 1. Mariners is fourth on the water and ahead of most her Class One. Roxy second to Rockall, probably third in class" More as we have it.
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The Chief Executive of beleaguered oil giant BP has copped an unmerciful bashing in the press for taking the weekend off to sail the Round the Island Race around the Isle of Wight.
Tony Hayward is a part owner of the Farr 52 'Bob', formerly Bear of Britain, which finished fourth in Class Zero. News sites, blogs and the internet lit up with criticism of Hayward for hob-nobbing with 'millionaire yacht owners' in the Solent while BP's broken rig continued to spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico, with no end to the crisis yet in sight.
His participation even drew comment from the White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who said: "I think we can all conclude that Tony Hayward is not going to have a second career in PR consulting. This has just been part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes."
To see the depth of the ire, simply Google 'BP CEO Sailing' and take your pick...