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12 Southerly’s Set Sail in Round the Island Race 2017

03 Jul 2017

12 Southerly’s Set Sail in Round the Island Race 2017

12 Southerly’s Set Sail in Round the Island Race


The annual Round the Island Race, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, which regularly attracts over 1,600 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it 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. Twelve Southerly’s will be competing for honours in this the 86th running of this famous race.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Spectators can find many vantage points, both on the mainland and Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress. The race is a great opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first time racers. Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the race, the course records stand at 3h 43m 50s for a mono hull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2013, and 2h 23m 23s for a multihull boat, set by Lloyd Thornburg on Phaedo^3 in 2016.


Southerly Entries:

Southerly 47 Isabel, Dr. Russell Emerson

Southerly 420 NJoy, Tim Wright

Southerly 42RST Legato, Pete Leggett

Southerly 38 Arabella, Jon Miles

Southerly 115 Serendipity, Andy Grant

Southerly 110 Brief Encounter of Keer, Michael Wilkinson

Southerly 110 Mudlark, Mark Round

Southerly 110 Two Tribes, Domonic McKay

Southerly 32 Current Obsession, Tim Barker

Southerly 32 Spirit, Matthew Stork

Southerly 100 Gernee, Mike Flint

Southerly 100 Sandiamo, Richard Payne

Article submitted by: Southerly Yachts

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