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YES! Our Gold Roman Bowl winner Photo: Tony Marsh

YES! wins the 2017 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay Gold Roman Bowl

Author: Peta Stuart-Hunt/Toby Heppell   Date: 16:22 Saturday 1 Jul 2017

There are still some boats needing to finish, but mathematically we believe none of them will be able to dislodge Adam Gosling’s JPK 10.80 YES! from the top of the overall results, hence scoring them the biggest trophy of the day, the Gold Roman Bowl.

Often they say that the Round the Island Race is won by either the biggest or the smallest boats and for a time it looked like this would be a big boat race, after an impressive performance from Irvine Laidlaw’s Reichel-Pugh 82, Highland Fling XI.  

But with Fling sitting at the top of the results table, Yes! and much of the rest of the IRC1 fleet, within which she was racing, stormed home to dislodge a number of previous finishers from the top positions.

Highland Fling did manage to hold onto second, but ultimately Yes! were in another league taking victory by just under eight minutes corrected. Gosling’s team are a well-known group in the Solent and have won a great many trophies and plaudits but the Round the Island Race win had thus far eluded them.  

They join a very special group of 81 winners from the illustrious race. Congratulations to all of the team.