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Annabel Vose and Louise Morton talking tactics pre-race yesterday

The Round the Island Race is awash with sailing talent

Author: Peta Stuart-Hunt   Date: 13:30 Saturday 1 Jul 2017

It has been an exciting hour here at Round the Island Race headquarters in Cowes. Most thought that Highland Fling XI’s lead on handicap would remain unchallenged for much of the day, with the real debate focussing on whether it would be a big boat win, or a small boat win.  

Although it had been noted IRC1 were going well, it was assumed they would struggle more than they have heading up the Solent. But at 12:30, with 20 minutes remaining for the leaders of IRC1 to cross the line to take the lead on handicap, it was suddenly realised they were… around 20 minutes from the finish.   

It was a ‘hold your breath kind of moment, with the wind falling away slightly but still holding just around the 10 knot mark. Could any of these fleet leaders really topple the RP82 Highland Fling?  

The answer to that question is YES, in more more ways than one. Adam Gosling’s JPK 10.80 Yes! is now the provisional leader of the field moving ahead of Highland Fling XI by a little under 8 minutes.

There have also been finishes aplenty in the multihull fleet. It feels like a long time ago that the largest multihull in the fleet, Concise 10 wrapped up their race. But now the smaller multis are starting make their way through the finish thick and fast.

Incidentally, the race this year has, once again, been awash with sailing talent. And one of the interesting rivalries here has been between Land Rover BAR sailors, recently returned from the America’s Cup in Bermuda. Concise 10 broke the record in the race earlier this morning with Land Rover BAR’s Giles Scott onboard. Later, Freddie Carr, Matt (Catflap) Cornwell, and Nick Hutton (all LRBAR sailors) all crossed the finish to take second on the water in the monohull fleet – all three sailing the TP52 Gladiator B.

Meanwhile, still out on the water sailing onboard the Quarter Tonner, Bullit is Annabel Vose, fresh from winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup for Land Rover BAR Academy in Bermuda. The question is, can young Annabel show the BAR boys how it’s done and get a handicap win over Gladiator? We shall have to wait and see.  

Provisional Results - Handicap

1 - Yes!

2 – Highland Fling

3 – Invictus


Classes update:


IRC0 – There are now just a few of IRC0 left to finish the race.  


IRC1 – The leaders are now finishing, with Yes! taking over the overall lead.


IRC2 – The leaders are approaching East Cowes.


IRC3 – The leaders are now off Ryde.


ISC4 – The leaders are now approaching East Cowes with the stragglers a long way back.  


ISC5 – The leaders are nearing Ryde.


ISC6 – The leaders are approaching Seaview.


ISC7 – The fleet are rounding Bembridge.


ISC8 – The leaders are now rounding Bembridge.