Round The Island 2009 - 20th June 2009
Round the Island Race 2009 report

20th June 2009

Lloyds Development Capital Charter Crew PJ. Plus Peter Brooks, Paddy Sellars, Gwynne Williams, John Fulford, Rob Curwen, Andrew Sandars, Garth Hackshall, Graham Paton

Start 0800 hrs, RYS line Cowes. Winds variable 12 to 16 kts Westerly throughout the day On the line at the start, with PJ on the helm, saw In X Celsis watching the fleet on both sides of the Solent, covering and sailing fast. Gwynne Williams took the helm after Beaulieu and took the boat through the Needles before keeping close inshore with the large HW spinnaker and regular gybes getting to St. Catherine’s point clear of most boats in the pink group. Broad reaching towards Bembridge ledge, a call from Andy Sanders on foredeck that the boats inshore before the ledge had fallen into a wind shadow saw Ion X Celsis heading out to sea and finding enough wind to get round the mark leaving a large flotilla inshore still waiting for wind to round. A white sail reach to No Man’s Land fort saw us in a strong position for the final beat to the finish, keeping inshore out of the tide until rounding Norris, Gwynne on the helm crossing the finishing line at 1722 hrs Placed 5th In IRC1 Class C achieved our best result in the RTI Race, 10th In IRC 1 overall from 144 boats in the fleet. 134th of 1700 boats in the race. Beat all Beneteau 40.7 fleet, Exocet of Messilah, Nijos and all Primas! Well done Gwynne, Peter Brooks and all the crew. A win next year?


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