RTIR 2012 and The Nomad Challenge

Posted: 25 June 2012 by Jim Barden in Round the Island Race

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, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 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.

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 first start in Cowes is at 7am but you can find more information about where the boats will be at different times during the day by clicking here.

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 3hrs 53mins 05secs for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2008, and 3hrs 08mins 29secs for a multihull boat, set by Francis Joyon in 2001.

Over 60 prizes are awarded for the event and every boat completing the race receives a memento of the occasion.

Last year we entered one boat crewed by our students and friends. Strong winds and a record breaking number of entries made for a very exciting race, to get a flavour have a look at the 2011 race video.

This year  NOMAD SAILING  are entering two boats for the Round the Island Race – a kind of race within a race.  Our own ‘Nomad 1‘ a Jeanneau Sunfast 37 and ‘Vis’ , a Bavaria 36.  These boats will be skippered by Jim and Lou Barden respectively and crewed by friends and past students of Nomad Sailing.  See later blogs for the crew and their sailing bios.

The boats are similar but different in terms of their sail area, weight, draught etc, and have been handicapped slightly differently. See our Boat Specs blog and compare which you might think has the advantage on the day.

To enable friends, families and interested parties to watch the progress of the boats on the day of the race a couple of the crew have developed an App which will feed our website with live GPS positions and display them on a racetracker on the Nomad homepage.  There’s is also a chance to vote for you favoured vessel.

We will be blogging updates and photos from both boats whenever possible throughout the race, so keep on the RSS feed  to see what’s happening.

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