Round the Island – Nomad Challenge Mk.II

Posted: 24 May 2013 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 0450 but you can find more information about where the boats will be at different times during the day 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.

For the last two years we have entered boats crewed by our students and friends. Strong winds and a record breaking number of entries made for a very exciting race on both occasions, to get a flavour have a look at the 2011 race video.

Last year we entered two boats, Nomad 1 and Vis – a race between two in a race a of 1700 ! You can review last year’s race summary here.

This year we have entered two teams again.  Hopefully the new challenger to the crown – Fortyniner – will be a bit more closely matched, than Vis was – she proved to be a little sluggish ! We’ve swapped the crews around this year so Lou will be skippering Nomad 1 and Jim will be skippering Fortyniner.

Nomad 1

Nomad 1



A Sunfast 37 and SunOdyssey 36i  respectively , they have similar spec and total sail area but slightly different handicap.

Nomad 1 will be carrying a spinnaker and Fortyniner a cruising chute. Fortyniner is the lighter boat and so may favour a race day with light winds.

Start Times :

Fortyniner : 0550 BST    –  IRC Group 2  (Green Flag)

Nomad 1 : 0620 BST  –  ISC Group 6 (White Flag)

Previous year’s times and places to beat (2011,2012) :

Nomad 1 : 08.59.49 (379th) , 09.07.25  (362nd)

Fortyniner : 10.41.27 (464th) , DNE

Vis : 10.00.48  (634th) ,  10.28.02 (599th)

Crew lists to follow …….

  1. Can’t wait. 7 days is just too far away

  2. Dwight Lindström says:

    Go nomads.!

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