A Long Journey Round the Island on the Longest Day of the Year
It was a great benefit that this year’s J.P Asset Management Round the Island Race fell on the longest day of the year, as exceptionally light winds demanded patience and stamina from competitors.
In the early hours of the morning, 1,585 entries started the race around the island in the sunshine, with around 3 knots to kick them off. However, as the race continued, winds dropped to zero knots in some instances, forcing many of the 16,000 crew members to stretch out and enjoy the sunshine rather than race for the prize.
After around nine hours, the crew on the high performance catamaran GC32 Team Richard Mille emerged as the line honours winners, with Sir Ben Ainslie's team onboard the Farr 45 Rebel following behind. Luck was not on Ainslie’s side this year, with unhelpful conditions causing the Farr 45 Rebel and its BAR America's Cup crew to take longer to finish the first 13 miles than to finish the entire race last year.
Further back from the front, many competitors began to retire, resulting in 715 finishers and 791 retirees overall. The endurance required in this year’s race was epitomised by the winner of the Tenacity Trophy, the prize awarded to the skipper of the last boat to officially finish, Stuart Whitmore, who completed the race in 14hrs, 21mins 35secs.
For highlights of the day, watch the video below.
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Image Credits: J.P Morgan Round the Island Race
Article by Jack Bartrop