Round the Island Race 2021

RTI - South of Wight - 2021

Eight club members lead by Commodore Nick Lightbody chartered Brendan McMahon's First 40.7 Fandango with semi-retired Pro yachtsman Tony Wetherell as our coach and the owner on board keeping an eye on his boat.

Jaimie Whiteley (Gamlins, North Wales) helmed with Andrew Keltie (ex Baker McKenzie) on mainsheet, Adrian Stables (Sole Practitioner, Langport), Gerrit Frerk (Digital Startup, London), Sue Dennahy (Lexis Nexis, London) handling the cockpit and Phil Downie (Yorkshire) & club Treasurer Finbarr Leahy (MOD) handling the sharp end. Sadly Elizabeth Sullivan (Ineos, Portsmouth) had to miss the race with a school bubble son self isolating at home.

Jaimie - Concentration - RTI - South of Wight - 2021
Andrew - Concentration - RTI - South of Wight - 2021

The 0630 hrs start was in very light airs with an ebbing tide taking us westwards from the Royal Yacht Squadron starting line. Gradually the breeze filled in from the south then the south west as forecast.

RTI - South of Wight - 2021

The first boat to round the Needles Light was the big CAY70 Trimaran Power Play at 0812. We sailed well to round the Needles at 0851 with the bulk of the 1200 boat fleet behind us and about 60 boats ahead.

The fleet behind us - RTI - South of Wight - 2021

A long spinnaker reach and a fetch in light winds against a foul tide took us past St Catherine's Light at 1112 where the 60 footer Venemous was firmly aground on Jeremy's Rock a couple of hundred yards off the shore, followed by a broad reach past Ventor and across Sandown Bay before rounding Bembridge Ledge at 1305.

Venemous on Jeremy's Rock - RTI - South of Wight - 2021

The final part of the course past Seaview, Ryde, Fishbourne and Osborne House to the finish at Cowes was a speed testing reach & fetch against a foul tide as some gambled and lost going a little too close to Ryde Sands whilst other gambled and won.

Passing Ryde - RTI - Solent - 2021
Final stretch - RTI - Solent - 2021

The race was won on handicap for the second year in a row by ex Olympian Jo Richards crewed by ex LSYC member David Rickard sailing the 18 foot Eeyore, the smallest boat in the fleet.

David Rickard sailing with Jo Richards - RTI - First leg - 2021

We finished just before 1500 having had an excellent sail and celebrated with fish & chips and prosecco.

The team - RTI - Cowes - 2021
Tony & Gerrit RTI - Cowes - 2021
Finbarr Tony - RTI - Cowes - 2021
Gerrit Jaimie Adrian - RTI - Cowes - 2021
Finbarr Sue Gerrit Jaimie - RTI - Cowes - 2021