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Everyone is celebrating this year’s Race as being one of the most successful on record. Not only did the weather gods play fair, the racing was extremely close throughout the day proven by the tight finishes in most classes and the competitors came ashore happy and proud of their efforts whether first in class or trailing the fleet.

For once, most of the boats finished before sunset and in a fleet of nearly 1700 boats, that’s pretty unusual.

From the 0500 start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line when ICAP Leopard, the current monohull course record holder powered her way up the Solent to the Needles, right through to the closing stages of the race, there was little time for the race management team at the Island Sailing Club to draw breath in order to record the finish times.

The two existing course record holders in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have again triumphed today as IDEC, the multihull driven by Francis Joyon crossed the finish line at 09.34.05 - so her rounding was in 04h.24m.05s and her course record still stands at 3h.08m.29s. She was closely followed by the four Extreme 40s led by Oman Sail, The Wave Muscat at 09.37.33, then Oman Sail Masirah at 09.37.57, Team Metherell at 09.44.10 and then Ecover at 09.48.45.

ICAP Leopard crossed the line at 10.10.06 so her rounding was achieved in 05h.0m.06s, way outside her record of 03h.53m.05s. The ISC Commodore Bill Pimlott presented Mike Slade with a bottle of Champagne for taking the monohull line honours. Mike, chatting after the race, said: "We've had a glorious day's sailing as always and we're exceptionally pleased with the result considering we got hooked up to a lobster pot on the south of the Island for about two hours. Thankfully we had a young diver onboard who free-dived below and cut it off. We thought we had slowed up and when we saw the size of the obstacle we realised why. Sadly there was nothing in it!"

The exquisite J Class yacht Velsheda finished at 10.45.02. She started at 5am this morning. Built in 1933 in Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport, Velsheda is the most famous of the few remaining J Class yachts left in the world today.

Just after 1pm Simon Judge sailing his Westerly GK29 Growling Kougar was carefully treading his way over Ryde Sands with just one metre of water below the keel. "We're going well and seem to have caught up on some of the Sunsail fleet yachts, and have a few of Sigma 33s close by which is good for us because they rate higher." According to Judge he was currently in line to break his own Round the Island Race record which stood at nine hours. "If all goes well, we'll be in within eight and a half hours." We’re delighted to report that he made it in 8.48.40!

Angus Ball, the Gunboat 66 Coco de Mer skipper in the Multihull-Bridgedeck class, said they had an exciting time and were pleased to be mixing it with some of the Class 0 yachts that started 10 minutes ahead. Ball and his team have been campaigning the year-old boat extensively and have notched up some respectable results including a Gunboat class win at the Heineken Regatta earlier in the year.

The Silver Gilt Roman Bowl and JP Morgan Asset Management Salver for the top yacht in the ISC Rating System Division went to First Knight, a Beneteau First 25.7 owned and skippered by an ENT surgeon, Lindsey Knight, from Leeds.

Next year the race is taking place on Saturday June 25th. Importantly this will be the 80th Anniversary Race and the organisers are anticipating a record entry.

Full results and the Race Progress news from this year are on the Race website at

The prizegiving is being held tomorrow, Sunday 20th June at the Island Sailing Club and all are welcome.

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Ten hours since the first gun was fired in the 2010 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, and finishing yachts are streaming into Cowes with half of the 1754 entries having completed the 50-mile marathon.

Unusually we have the winner of the Gold Roman Bowl, the top prize in the Race for the first overall on corrected time in IRC-rated classes. Nordic Bear is a Nordic Folkboat owned and raced by Brian Appleyard from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. He came second in IRC overall in 2009. This boat has beaten Madelaine who won the Gold Roman Bowl in 2007.

Since Francis Joyon’s IDEC claimed outright line honours as first multihull home in 04. 24.05  and first monohull ICAP Leopard completed her lap of the Isle of Wight half an hour later (05.0.06), the majority of the IRC fleets have also finished.

In IRC 0 the J-Class Velsheda is the provisional winner, with triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie second onboard J.P. Morgan Asset Management Prince’s Trust, and the Swan Desperado in third.

First overall in IRC1 is Willem Wester’s Grand Soleil 43 Antilope, ahead of the J/122 Jinja and Incognito. Antilope also heads up the IRC1A division, Incognito tops IRC1C, whilst IRC1B is led by Andy Iyer’s Beneteau First 40.7 Portia.

David Mcleman’s J/109 leads IRC2 and division 2B overall, with the Grand Soleil 37 Grand Slam topping IRC2A, the well travelled Dutch entry Winsome leading IRC2C, and Dave Cooke’s Sigma 38 Monet first in IRC2D.

Many of the larger ISC-rated boats have also finished their race, with first home the Bordeaux 60 Osprey of Nickolas Imregi, which also provisionally leads the ISC4 fleet on corrected time. 

However, the winner of the 79th Round the Island Race could well still be racing – many of the Nordic Folkboats, Quarter Tonners and other classes traditionally successful in the competition for the famous Gold Roman Bowl IRC overall prize are currently sailing the final section of the race from Ryde to Cowes, and early indications are that 2010 could be another year when conditions favour the small boats. 

Competitors have until 2200 to complete their race within the time limit, but winds in the Solent are still averaging 12-18 knots to speed the fleet home to the Island Sailing Club finish line.

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Britain’s favourite yacht race, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race has started. It’s the 79th edition of this great event, the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. Thirteen classes ranging from grand prix high tech boats such as ICAP Leopard and IDEC to a 20ft Jo Richards design started from 0500 through to 0640 covering a fleet of 1,754 yachts and some 16,000 sailors.

The current monohull record holder, ICAP Leopard helmed by her owner Mike Slade, was the first monohull to round the Needles. The first multihull to round those infamous rocks was the Extreme 40 Oman Sail, The Wave, Muscat skipped Paul Campbell-James. Just after 0600, the record-holding multihull IDEC, skippered Francis Joyon, rounded along with the Open 60 Artemis Ocean Racing and the TP52 Pace.

Dame Ellen MacArthur is on board Moonspray, an Ellen MacArthur Trust boat with a group of kids all in recovery from cancer and leukemia. They're sailing a Gibsea 44. Ellen says “All’s well, we’re passing Yarmouth doing about three knots,” probably the slowest speed that Ellen’s ever raced at!  She’s having a lovely time though.

The four SailTime Charity Challenge yachts are racing hard. Mike Perham, the youngest ever sailor to go solo around the world when he was only 17 is racing on board Prostate UK as their newest Ambassador, has been coaching the crew in sail trimming and reckons they’re about an hour from the Needles.

Nellie, the oldest boat in the fleet (built in 1826) is past Hurst Point and doing well. All the crew are in good spirits and enjoying the race so far.

To keep abreast of all the latest Race news follow us on Twitter at – use the hashtag #RTIR if you are posting tweets please - and keep checking the website for news at

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The most popular race in the British Isles takes place tomorrow, with 1,754 boats heading around the Isle of Wight on a chaotic one-lap race. The fleet boasts a huge range of craft, from Francois Joyon's 30-metre trimaran Idec to a fleet of 14 Laser SB3s and everything in between. 

Four Extreme 40 catamarans will line out, nine J/80s, three Class 40s, two Volvo 60s,  a pair of TP52s and a host of other craft, including two of Ireland's Commodores Cup team, Antix and Roxy 6.

The course couldn't be simpler, one counter-clockwise lap of the Isle of Wight, but with the Solent's famous tides and light airs to contend with, this could be a long and tricky day on the water. 

The official website is HERE, and this year the race is using a nifty tracker that utilises iPhones, Blackberries, laptops or other smartphones, with a downloadable app all you need for your boat to show up on the tracker. Details HERE. Very clever.



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Royal Cork holds its Irish Examiner Round the Island Race this Sunday, with three different courses for boats of different speed.  Warning gun for all classes is 12.55pm.

The courses are as follows:

Optimists, RS Fevas, Taz - Spike Island(P).
Lasers, 420s, 29ers – Spit Lighthouse(P), Spike Island(P).
National 18s and White Sail Cruisers - No 18(P), No 20(P), Spike Island(P).
49ers, Multihulls, Cruisers 1, 2, and 3 - No 18(P), No 20(P), No 15(P), Spike Island(P).

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Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: Owing to the tide on Race Day 19th June, this year sees a very early first start of 0500hrs  for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. It’s early but it will make for an amazing spectacle as the sunrise coincides with the hundreds of boats milling around the start line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. To add to the excitement, the Island Sailing Club is delighted to confirm that Dame Ellen MacArthur, the world’s most celebrated yachtswoman and veteran of the Round the Island Race, will fire the starting cannon to set the fleet on its way.  Ellen will then be joining one of the four Ellen MacArthur Trust boats entered in the Race with the crews made up of young people recovering from cancer and leukemia.

Ellen follows an illustrious list of previous Race starters including the sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, double Olympic sailing medallists’ Shirley Robertson OBE & Sarah Webb OBE and celebrity gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh MBE during his time as the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight.

Libby Greenhalgh delivers the Raymarine Weather Briefing

Understanding the weather patterns and the tidal activity at key points during the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is vital for competitors to achieve their best possible result on the day.  Race Partner Raymarine will once again be providing weather, tide and tactics tips which are freely available to all competitors via SMS, email and a face-to-face Weather Briefing which takes place at the Island Sailing Club at 1800 hours on Friday 18th June.

This year top meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh will be providing the weather and tidal data which is available online from Wednesday 16th June, giving competitors vital day by day updates to plan their race strategy.  A Met Office trained and experienced forecaster, Libby works for Skandia Team GBR, the RYA’s Olympic sailing squad, providing education, planning and forecasting for the team.  She was an integral part of the highly successful British Sailing team at the Olympic Games at Qingdao and combines her detailed understanding of the weather with a strong heritage in offshore and inshore racing.  An experienced sailor to Olympic standard herself, she now races in everything from J105s, a boat in which they won Cowes Week, to Mumm 30s, and is a regular racer in the Solent.  As well as being an accomplished sailor herself, she comes from an impressive sailing family – her brothers Peter Greenhalgh is an Olympic medallist in the 49er class, and Robert is a Volvo Round the World sailor now campaigning in the Oman Sail Mumm 30 team.  Her father David is also a regular competitor in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

In her role as the Raymarine weather forecaster for this year’s race, Libby says the information will combine vital weather forecasting advice alongside tidal data, as for many competitors, the tidal effect is key.  She will use Raymarine’s award-winning RayTech RNS navigation software to demonstrate the weather forecast for Race Day, complete with the progression of tides, currents, wind speed and direction for the Isle of Wight and surrounding waters.  

Working with Steve Adams from Yachting TV, Libby says, “We’ll be filming from a variety of strategically important points on the Isle of Wight in the days pre the Race, which will be available for competitors to view online from the Raymarine website. This will show the effect of weather and tide in a variety of conditions, enabling skippers, navigators and crew to make informed decisions about their best strategy, depending on the weather conditions on the day and the tide at that time. Even experienced racers get it wrong sometimes, such as hitting the boiler, so we’ll be talking through race strategy at all levels, with time breaks so smaller and slower boats get as much help as the faster record-breakers.”

The pre-Race weather briefing, which takes place in the bar at the Island Sailing Club will be repeated on big screens in the downstairs bar to accommodate the number of attendees who regularly attend this vital briefing.  The key points and summaries will also be available on Raymarine’s website and competitors can sign up for SMS notifications by logging onto

Fun & frolics in the Race Village as we play ball with the World Cup!

Whether you’re a landlubber or a Race competitor, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race has plenty of on-shore activity to keep everyone amused and entertained this year.

The Race Village, situated in Cowes Yacht Haven (CYH), will be hosting the only outside big screen on the Isle of Wight so that everyone can come and watch the England v Algeria World Cup game on Friday 18th June at 1930hrs. Entry is free but numbers will be limited by the CYH management.

There is a packed schedule of events taking place in the Race Village over the Friday and Saturday and again entrance is free.  Highlights will include live music, public hospitality tents, an Arts and Craft Zone and a Health Zone with a Smoothie tent and free massages.

To keep abreast of all the latest Race news and read about some of this year’s entries, follow us on Twitter and keep checking the website for new postings at


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