Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Round the Island Race - Embracing the race for all ethos

by Peta Stuart-Hunt on 16 Apr 2013
The Classic Racing Yacht Gipsy Moth IV is always a joy to watch racing amongst the fleet, even under last year’s moody skies © Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com http://www.pwpictures.com
The organisers, title sponsor and partners of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have combined their expert knowledge and pooled resources to yield a series of practical 'How to' videos with hints, tips and tricks for tackling all manner of Race-related topics, from how to prepare your boat, through to the right clothing to wear, tracking, rules and safety aspects and even how to apply your hull decals.

Launched on April 12th, with new material being uploaded each week and available to watch on the official website, this informative series will run right up to Race Day on 1st June.

On the start line alongside two other high profile Open 60s, Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson) and Gamesa (Mike Golding) recently announced as competing in this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 1st June, is a third Open 60, Artemis Ocean Racing (GBR100), with Simon Clay at the helm.

Another respected name in international racing circles and signed up to compete in the Race for the very first time, is French sailor Christine Briand, a 470 World Champion, ISAF Keelboat Champion, and veteran of the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race. She is racing Ster Wen (FRA13343), a Jeanneau Sun Magic 44, with her all-French crew that includes 14 and 16 year olds.

The four Murch brothers, all in their 50s, have competed in the Race at one time or another over the years and possibly even together but as youngsters. They will all do the Race this year on Myst (GBR3144L), a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i. 'We have all competed in the Race before and possibly all at the same time on the same boat but some were too young to remember. This is the first time in many years that all four brothers will be together racing,' said David Murch.

Alcina (GBR8172T), racing in ISCRS, is a part-owned Bavaria 34. There are four owners of mixed sailing ability and experience who do most of their sailing with family and friends. Their shared ownership plan provides them each a week at a time, plus the opportunity for a couple of weeks for each owner in the summer.


As skipper Dave Hamilton points out, shared ownership is great but you can appreciate thatthe opportunities for racing are limited.'The RTI Race gives us the opportunity for some serious sailing over a single weekend but the Race doesn't require competitors to be serious racers. Not that we don't take it seriously, but the competition is and can be based on the small group in which you start and amongst other boats of the same class or make and model. All this whilst taking part in one of the most popular races in the world.' Nicely put.

Andromeda (K4738), a Sigma 33, is a first time entry from a C. Breeze! He has sailed for 40 years but it is his first time tackling the Round the Island Race with his four friends from work who usually watch the Race whilst cruising. We hope it's blowing a breeze rather than a hoolie this year.

Eight students, mostly in their 20s and studying the Yacht Operations and Outdoor Education Foundation degree course at South Devon College will get the sailing experience of a lifetime as they crew on board the Sigma 38 Aspiration (GBR924R) in this year's Race. They have varied sailing backgrounds ranging from no experience at all to coastal skipper and some have never raced before whilst others are seasoned round the cans racers. The Skipper, Andy Wright, is a Yachtmaster Ocean and Yachtmaster Instructor, lecturer and RYA Principal at Noss Marine Academy, Dartmouth, Devon.


The Race is delighted to welcome back the historic yacht Gipsy Moth IV (142), on which Sir Francis Chichester sailed single-handed around the world in 1966-7; it's always a treat for competitors to see her sailing amongst the fleet. Now owned by the Gipsy Moth Trust, she is managed by UKSA whose work helps young people change their lives through maritime education and personal development.

The aims of The Gipsy Moth Trust are to preserve and maintain Gipsy Moth IV in sailing condition as a key part of British maritime heritage; to enable as many people of all ages as is practicable to see her and sail her; to use her to promote charitable activities and to inspire future generations to achieve their full potential.

Standard race entry closes at midnight on Sat 11th May.

The fleet crosses the start line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes in eleven separate groups, each groups starting at ten minute intervals. On 1st June thefirst start is at 0500 hrs and the starts will continue until 0640hrs.
Round the Island Race website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignMackay BoatsNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Day 29 - Southern Ocean match racing duel + Video
The Match Race continues at the lead of the Vendee Globe as the leaders pass the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Australia The Match Race continues at the lead of the Vendee Globe as the leaders pass the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, on the SW extremity of Australia as the head for Stewart Island (NZ) and then Cape Horn. At one stage Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire VIII) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) were within sight of each other.
Posted on 4 Dec
Giovanni Soldini and Maserati team complete RORC Transatlantic Race
At exactly 20h 54’ 23” GMT (16.54 local time) on Saturday, 3 December, Maserati Multi70 sailed across the finish-line At exactly 20h 54’ 23” GMT (16.54 local time) on Saturday, 3 December, Maserati Multi70 sailed across the finish-line, just off Camper and Nicholsons’ Port Louis Marina on Grenada, to complete her first ocean race in a time of seven days, eight hours, 44 minutes and 23 seconds.
Posted on 4 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 9 – Grenadian welcome for Maserati
Maserati crossed the finish line on Saturday, completing their first ocean race in seven days, eight hours, 44m, 23s The Italian MOD70, Maserati has finished the race; Phaedo3 has been declared the winner of the Multihull Trophy and Mike Slade's Maxi, Leopard is on the hunt for the monohull record.
Posted on 4 Dec
18ft Skiffs Yandoo Trophy – Ward, Marshall and West win first race
Young team had to withstand huge pressure from the fleet’s top crews before crossing the finish line with 40s to spare. Following last week’s brilliant performance with a brand new number one rig, Appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt, Tom Anderson, Tom Clout) again showed the skiff to be a major threat in the upcoming championships with a great second placing.
Posted on 4 Dec
Vendee Globe – Kojiro Shiraishi on Spirit of Yukoh forced to retire
At 0240 UTC on Sunday, Kojiro, Skipper of Spirit of Yukoh contacted his shore team to tell them that he had dismasted. At 0240 UTC on Sunday December 4th, Kojiro Shiraishi, Skipper of Spirit of Yukoh contacted his shore team to tell them that he had dismasted. The boat Spirit of Yukoh was sailing in a moderate breeze (20 knots). Kojiro inside of the boat heard the sound of the mast breaking at around 0230 UTC.
Posted on 4 Dec
Melges 24 World Championship –Day 5– Embarr and Taki crowned champions
The crew has shown an extreme solidity and constancy, fascinating everybody for its asset and conduction of the boat The crew has shown an extreme solidity and constancy all through the races, fascinating everybody for its asset and conduction of the boat in the downwind legs, that allowed them to take out amazing recoveries also when the starts hadn't been so good. Important it is to have a closely knit crew to succeed in events of such an importance
Posted on 4 Dec
CYCA Bird Island Race 2016
The overnight southerly died rather sooner than forecast, so the Bird Island fleet left the harbour on Saturday morning The overnight southerly died rather sooner than forecast, so the Bird Island fleet left the harbour on Saturday morning in a 10 knot southeasterly. Maserati ran deep down the harbour and led the through the Heads with Giacomo and Chinese Whisper following.
Posted on 4 Dec
Meet the 2017-18 crew - Mike Kidwell
It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet “It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet, cold and miserable, but equally fun, warm and enjoyable!” says Mike Kidwell, a 63-year-old Business Developer from Queensland who is taking part in the full circumnavigation in the 2017-18 edition of the race.
Posted on 4 Dec
Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh has dismasted
Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above attachment for small jib. Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above the attachment for the small jib. The Japanese sailor is not in danger and is busy trying to set up a jury rig. Kojiro is fine and in contact with his shore team to judge the extent of the damage and to determine whether it is possible to continue the race. He is safely heading for Cape Town.
Posted on 4 Dec
Chinese Whisper wins Bird Island Race for a second year
A year ago Rupert Henry’s Chinese Whisper and Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban finished top two respectively in Bird Island Race A year ago Rupert Henry’s Chinese Whisper and Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban finished top two respectively in the 85 nautical mile Bird Island Race – and the two have mirrored that result this weekend, cementing their places among favourites for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Posted on 4 Dec