This Saturday sees one of the world’s most famous yacht races take place once more. The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. Regularly attracting over 1,700 boats and at least 16,000 sailors, it is also one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
A lot of the Ancasta and Hamble Yacht Services crew take part on an annual basis and the rest of us always look forward to their completely ‘unbiased’ and heroic participants’ accounts of the day. Rupert Smalley from HYS Rigging can pay testament to many of the day’s breath taking victories as he sits on the ISC committee boat on the South line where most boats finish.
Rupert told us…
‘’We are on station from approx. 10.00hs until all of the boats are accounted for or the line closes, usually at approximately 22.00 hrs. You see the whole spectrum of the sailing world from the biggest and smallest to the fastest and slowest. You see some slick crews and some that are tired from a long day on the water. They generally start at a trickle which turns slowly into a frenzy. At the peak of that frenzy the boats are coming through at approximately 300 per hour so this is not the time to get writer’s cramp or suffer a fit of coughing!”
He also added…
“Make sure you finish on the correct line! Read the sailing instructions. Otherwise you might not get a result!’’
At the time of writing, there are 1583 entries and 171 of those are Beneteaus! Incredibly, 11% of the entire fleet!
Ancasta are proud to have recently sold two First 40.7 Beneteaus to Britannia Corporate Events who are a sponsor and race partner of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014. Britannia is the only official yacht charter and corporate hospitality partner for the race and offer everyone, despite little or no experience, the opportunity to compete aboard their fleet of Beneteau 40.7, Beneteau First 40 and Beneteau Oceanis 37 yachts.
We’d love to hear your accounts of this year’s event, even if it’s just to tell us how it feels to be on the start line when the race is officially started by the presenter of the BBC’s Question Time, David Dimbleby. We’ve got the next Ancasta Collection magazine planned for the end of the summer, so look forward to putting together a collection of the season’s finest moments. The very best of luck to everyone taking part. The first gun will be firing from the Royal Yacht Squadron Platform at 06.30 on Saturday morning and we hope it’s a fantastic day for all.