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Quantum Leap RTIR Crew List

Posted: 6 June 2014 by Jim Barden in Round the Island Race
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This year Nomad 1 will be chartered, skippered and crewed by graduates of Nomad Sailing. We are very excited to see them racing on their own  AND at the opportunity of being able to race against them on a matched boat, another Sunfast 37 called Quantum Leap.  This year’s crew for the challenge boat then :

Lou Barden (Skipper and Tactician)

I love being on the water, and sailing is my passion.  Since a career change in 2008, and a 2500 mile delivery trip from Greece to UK. I started Nomad Sailing with my bro, and as well co-running the business, spend a lot of time instructing on Nomad 1.  Love it.

Ambitions in the near future to cross the Atlantic either as part of the ARC or solo, then later to do a circumnavigation.  Looking forward in the immediate future to this race and taking Quantum Leap through the finish line first.

Alex Grace

Learned dinghy sailing at the Welsh Harp in London with Wembley Sailing club (level one and two) and then took Day Skipper theory with them –  took the practical exam with Yuksel Sailing in Marmaris Turkey. I then did yacht master theory, again at Wembley and am currently building up miles in order to take the Yacht master theory exam. Have also taken part in sailing trips on the Solent with my teacher Andrew McCulloch.   Sailing ambitions – eventually to own a boat in Turkey. I am planning on sailing at 53 footer from Volos in Greece to Marmaris this October – and most importantly – hoping to survive the Round the Island Race in one piece!! Still learning and very keen on getting as much experience as possible.

 

Mike Malham

3rd Time doing this race with Nomad Sailing.  Becoming a veteren!

Love it !

 

Stuart Rumley

S Rumley

I first tried sailing on a Competent Crew course in the BVI’s and loved it, then decided to take it further with a Day Skipper course with Nomad Sailing in the Solent – thinking that I would do the course in the UK, then become a fair weather sailor in places like the BVI’s.  Since trying sailing in the waters of the Solent and loving it I’ve decided that getting wet and cold is a price worth paying, and part of the fun.  The RTIR 2014 is going to be my second experience of racing, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Nigel Townley

N Townley

Learnt to sail between mill wall dock and the Caribbean. Went on to do day skipper with Nomad last year and now looking forward to my second race.

Wayne Lloyd

Details to follow

Chris Hill

CHRIS

Coastal Skipper (thanks Jim!).Just come back from six weeks sailing from Tahiti to Tonga through the Society Islands, Cook Islands, Niue and Vava’au. In past have done various holiday charters in Med and Caribbean, the ARC and some racing in the Solent.

Mel Ridge

Details to follow

Outcome of the 2013 Round the Island Race

Posted: 6 June 2013 by Paul Blacknell in Round the Island Race

For the third year running, Nomad Sailing former students and friends enjoyed a fabulous day crewing in the Round the Island race. It was an early start this year with Fortyniner due over the starting line at 0550 and Nomad 1 at 0620 (see previously published crew biographies for Nomad 1 and Fortyniner).

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Nomad 1 crew readying for the start line

Fortyniner’s crew slipped her moorings in Hamble around 0500 perhaps cutting it a little fine. The weather was blowing fairly light from N/NW so the run down to the Needles was going to be different this year, as was the sparring to try and maintain some control over the start line. There was some confusion over the start line transit (the crew weren’t sure whether to blame the skipper or the helmsman) but Fortyniner crossed the start 45s after the gun. This delay could have been crucial, as you’ll read further in this blog.

Meanwhile, Lou nailed it with a near perfect start, passing the start line as the gun fired. It was so close that the crew were a little concerned that Nomad 1 might even have been subject to an individual recall. Crossing the line first meant they were out in front, and the crew were fired up for the first leg.

The run down to the Needles was fairly uneventful – unlike previous years this wasn’t a beat with boats on port tacks yielding to those on starboard. It was a stunning morning and Fortyniner reached the Needles after 1h 33m.

Nomad 1 also reached the Needles in 1h 33m (49 minutes faster than 2012). The crew could hardly believe how quickly they reached the mark, and raced to get the spinnaker prepped and ready. Many of the other boats had already got their spinnakers up, and it made for a tremendous view coming around the Needles.

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Nomad 1’s fabulous spinnaker

Fortyniner’s crew had readied the spinnaker for hoisting after turning past the Needles lighthouse and expected, if anything, a wind shadow from the cliffs of Freshwater Bay. But in reality the wind picked up and they watched as other yachts struggled to maintain control of their cruising chutes and spinnakers. It was blowing a steady 17-18 knots now and gusting 22 knots – there was no way Fortyniner’s crew were risking the race against Nomad 1.

Paul & Peter trimming the main sheet

Paul & Peter trimming the main sheet

On the run down to St. Catherine’s Point Fortyniner edged ahead of its rival by 7 minutes. It was fairly gusty and Jim organised the crew so two were managing the rather unsatisfactory mainsheet. Rigged on the coach roof it didn’t encourage constant adjustment but one crew was on the winch trimming in whilst the other was on the sheet ready to ease out.

As Nomad 1 came around the Needles, the spinnaker was prepped and ready to go. Regular gusts delayed any next steps, and it was interesting to see the mess many of the other boats were getting themselves into. Approaching St. Catherine’s Point, the winds steadied a little, and Nomad 1 decided to give the spinnaker a go. The hoist was perfect, with the crew working together to fly the big, blue Nomad flag and hopefully increase the speed by a crucial knot or so. However, the excitement was short lived when the port guy came lose, and the spinnaker whipped about like a kite in the wind. All of that preparation for just a few seconds of excitement! The crew bagged the spinnaker away, costing valuable seconds.

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It has to be seen to believed

The reach up the third leg to Bembridge Ledge was also on a single tack and, although uneventful, very enjoyable and Fortyniner maintained its lead of 7 minutes as they passed the cardinal.

Despite the spinnaker incident, Nomad 1 made good progress up to Bembridge Ledge, with some awesome helming from all the crew. Regular updates were being texted to Kirsty by her father, keeping Nomad 1 well informed of Fortyniner’s narrow lead.

Everything changed on the final leg, which we knew was going to be a beat against the tide. Fortyniner had a number of close encounters giving way as per the rules whenever prudent. One incident did get everyone’s back up however. When sailing close hauled on a starboard tack they noted another yacht, also on a starboard tack coming up on her starboard quarter. So, she was overtaking and she was the upwind vessel. However, Fortyniner was also being squeezed by another yacht (not overtaking) on her port side so Fortyniner needed to yield. It got very tense when her crew started yelling “Up! Up!”, which Paul simply relayed to the vessel on his starboard beam. Her helm was having none of it, calmly replying, “I’m maintaining my course” several times in succession. Fortyniner had to luff up a little to avoid her and so did her new friend to port side to avoid contact. Neither crew was impressed with arrogance of the passing yacht.

Although not experts at the Racing Rules, as far as Rule of the Road goes, it was a clear infringement and warranted a protest.

IMG_1343_CROPPEDNomad 1 didn’t have the best of final legs. Coming around Bembridge Ledge they were in prime position and in with a chance of victory. However, far too many tacks cost them the race, and a couple of very close encounters nearly cost them the boat! It had been pretty straightforward racing up to this point, but now they had to contend with giving way to other boats. There were two or three near T-bone incidents – and Nomad 1 wasn’t always the innocent party! The most hair raising was probably when Nigel was at the helm and the main sheet locked on Andy – they must have skimmed past that boat by inches!

It was probably the final stretch through Osborne Bay that really stood out for Nomad 1. Far too many small, short tacks – weaving in and out of the anchored boats, and costing valuable seconds.

Nomad 1 (Blue), Fortyniner (Red)

Nomad 1 (Blue), Fortyniner (Red)

Fortyniner crossed the finish line with a time of 8 hours 58 minutes – just 18 seconds ahead of Nomad 1 when corrected for handicap. Both crews beat the records set by these yachts in previous races (check out last year’s race report)

Fortyniner Nomad 1
Needles 01:33 01:33
St Catherine’s Point 02:02 02:09
Bembridge Ledge Buoy 02:06 02:06
Finish Line 03:17 03:06
08:58 08:54

Weather Predictions

Posted: 29 May 2013 by Kirsty Elliott in Round the Island Race
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The Nomad 1 and Fortyniner crews have been avidly watching the long range forecasts for Saturday in the lead up to the race.  The conditions for the last two years have been very windy and not allowed for the boats to get their spinnakers/cruising chutes up, so the big question is ‘Will we manage it this year?’  Would also be nice if we had some nice sunshine on the way round too!  Although I’ll settle for no rain.

We have also been watching the official forecast information as it comes out from Race HQ.

All the forecast information at the moment is pointing to the wind staying predominately from the north west/north north west for the majority of the time it is likely to take us to get round.

In the last 24 hours windguru has changed its predictions in terms of gust strength and also the predicated strength of the wind appears to have dropped slightly as well with forecasts of between 9-11 knots.  Gust strengths are forecast to be lower in the afternoon.

We are starting the race two hours earlier than last year and an hour earlier than in 2011 to take best advantage of the tide – particularly on the way down to the Needles which will be our first major check point on the way.

The teams will be meeting on Thursday evening for race planning which will be updated again the following evening based on the latest weather available.

Don’t forget on Saturday you’ll be able to check which boats plans are working best using the race tracker!  And look out for updates from each boat on the day!

Jim Barden (Skipper and Harmonica this year)

My Dad taught me to sail on a Wayfarer he ‘borrowed’ from work. We used to wheel it down to the river and sail it over to the Isle of Wight – as a boy this seemed like a full channel crossing – think it still would on a boat that size. Since then have sailed offshore around UK, Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe and worked on a survey vessel in the North Sea. Now loving running Nomad Sailing with my sister Lou and hope one day to take a few years out and sail away somewhere…

Paul Blacknell (Crew and Multimedia)

Got into sailing in 2010 and decided to jump in at the deep end (so to speak) by taking the 9 day combined Day Skipper theory/practical. My experience prior to that had been limited to cross channel ferries! Since then my family has trained as Competent Crew and we chartered in the Ionian islands for a couple of weeks having an outstanding time. My sailing ambitions are geared towards taking the Yachtmaster exam this September – so building up the miles and experience that goes with that. Crewed on Nomad 1 during the 2011 & 2012 RTIR’s and signed up for Fastnet 2015.

Peter May (Crew and Anti-Foul)

Likes to think of himself as a really good ‘natural’ sailor, that could have been in the Olympics if he’d taken it up sooner / wasn’t so well packed with ballast. When not sailing, busy day dreaming about sailing and fantasising about his abilities thereof (or playing squash or changing nappies/having his hair pulled). Sailing history: Several bare back trips to Turkey- generally what lacks in wind is made up for with Raki and diving off the bow into gorgeous blue waters. Also chartered several boats on the Solent, including skippering one round the island in May 2012! … and running aground. : ]… It’s all about learning from the experiences, I think. Sailing ambitions: Completing coastal skipper/Yachtmaster in next year. Then getting Sea survival and VHF course under the belt. Then FastNet. Generally mucking about on boats as much as possible. Oh, and looking better in a ladies fit Nomad polo shirt (I’ll take mens large this time round please Jim- I scared the baby trying on that ladies fit medium!!!).

Bob Munday (Crew and First Aid)

Sailing History – Day Skipper (Nomad Graduate via Commodore), several bareboat charters in the Solent, cross channel and RTIR 2011 and 2012 on the mighty Nomad 1.

Sailing Ambitions – To convince my wife that sailing is an enjoyable pastime and a sound investment, ultimately Yachtmaster, Fastnet, ARC, although not necessarily in that order.

Richard Oughton

I did my Day Skipper, the theory with Nomad Sailing and the practical in Lanzarote. We’ve done a few charters in Greece, Turkey and Croatia and a few trips in the Solent bimbling up to the Folly Inn and a great week with yourself last year for Coastal Skipper. The Yachtmaster theory was fine but we both know the practical was a very different story!!! I have to do the ARC and want to get it done within the next year or so! Looking forward to seeing you and your sister and what is likely to be a great weekend.

Nomad 1 Crew List for Round the Island

Posted: 25 May 2013 by Lou Barden in Round the Island Race

Lou Barden (Skipper and Tactician)

I love being on the water, and sailing is my passion.  Since a career change in 2008, and a 2500 mile delivery trip from Greece to UK. I started Nomad Sailing with my bro, and as well co-running the business, spend a lot of time instructing on Nomad 1.  Love it.

Ambitions in the near future to cross the Atlantic either as part of the ARC or solo, then later to do a circumnavigation.  Looking forward in the immediate future to this race and taking Nomad 1 through the finish line first.

Alex Grace

Learned dinghy sailing at the Welsh Harp in London with Wembley Sailing club (level one and two) and then took Day Skipper theory with them –  took the practical exam with Yuksel Sailing in Marmaris Turkey. I then did yacht master theory, again at Wembley and am currently building up miles in order to take the Yacht master theory exam. Have also taken part in sailing trips on the Solent with my teacher Andrew McCulloch.   Sailing ambitions – eventually to own a boat in Turkey. I am planning on sailing at 53 footer from Volos in Greece to Marmaris this October – and most importantly – hoping to survive the Round the Island Race in one piece!! Still learning and very keen on getting as much experience as possible.

Andy Keleher

Took to sailing a year ago after a recommendation from a friend. My wife and I both got the bug, and passed as Day Skippers within the year. Then spent last summer bareboating in Greece and loved it. Looking forward to my second competitive race!!

Mike Malham

Love it !

Kirsty Elliot (Crew and Downwind Helm)

Started sailing in May 2009.  Having never been on a boat before I booked a sailing holiday in Greece and was hooked.  Qualified as a day skipper in August 2010 and sailed as part of the Nomad Team in RTIR 2011 and 2012.  Still not sailing as a much as I would like but looking forward to RTIR 2013 and hoping for slightly more favourable conditions than last year!!

Stuart Rumley

S Rumley

I first tried sailing on a Competent Crew course in the BVI’s and loved it, then decided to take it further with a Day Skipper course with Nomad Sailing in the Solent – thinking that I would do the course in the UK, then become a fair weather sailor in places like the BVI’s.  Since trying sailing in the waters of the Solent and loving it I’ve decided that getting wet and cold is a price worth paying, and part of the fun.  The RTIR 2013 is going to be my first experience of racing, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Nigel Townley

N Townley

Learnt to sail between mill wall dock and the Caribbean. Went on to do day skipper with Nomad last year and now looking forward to my first 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

Fortyniner

Fortyniner

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 …….

A fabulous and long day’s sailing was had by both crews in the Nomad Sailing race within a race.

Vis started 10 minutes earlier than Nomad 1 under flag Blue due to it’s ISCRC handicapping advantage. It certainly seems this handicap was rather ambitious (if not ridiculous) as during training and boat familiarisation the previous day it was quickly discovered that the Bavaria 36 was no match against the Jeanneau Sunfast 37. Nomad 1’s superior pointing ability put it at a distinct advantage during the upwind sail to the Needles and Vis was overtaken after only an hour.

Nomad’s crew were delighted if not surprised to pass the Needles 24 minutes sooner than in similar conditions last year. They were more than a little restrained in early celebration given the potential advantage Vis had in her huge genoa for the downwind legs to Bembridge Ledge. This concern was not unfounded and the tracking software was hugely motivating to the Vis crew as they edged closer and closer to their rivals for the next several hours.

Although Vis felt quite slow on the upwind sail to the Needles, they knew they had a chance to gain on the downwind leg. Despite being passed before the Needles, the Vis crew remained optimistic. As they passed the Needles, there was much excitement as they made up ground on Nomad. At one point, the crew on Vis believed they spotted Nomad and cheered and gestured as they passed. However, the excitement was short lived when the boat turned out to be another Sunfast yacht with similar markings!

After St. Catherine’s point, Nomad just seemed to break away. Despite some excellent downwind sailing by the Vis crew, there was no stopping them, and the reality of second place sank in. There was one comical moment when an overtaking yacht shouted out “Starboard”, only to be confidently told by Lou “Yeah, you may be Starboard but your overtaking!!!”. The skipper was put back in his box.

Nomad 1 picked up another 5 minutes against it’s target time on the broad reach to the iconic St. Catherine’s point only to lose all advantage gained so far on the Bembridge Ledge leg. Another 5 minutes was lost on the final beat up to the finish line putting its final time at 9 hours 7 minutes, some 8 minutes slower than in 2011. The drama was far from over as, having timed its last starboard tack south towards the finish line, Nomad 1’s crew forced several competitors on their final port tack to the finish line to tack again. This must have caused them at least a few additional minutes – much to the delight of the Nomad 1 crew.

As Nomad 1 made its final tack to the finish line it quickly became clear that the layline into the southern finish gate would be tight. But not as tight as for the four yachts ahead – two of which appeared to collide – all four virtually stopping dead on the finish line. This provided Jim’s crew with an interesting 10 second “will we hit them or not” moment along with “Engines On” from the committee boat’s tannoy.

The final leg was tough on Vis, with a number of tacks across a steady flow of yachts required to get them over the finish line. Mike skilfully helmed them in with a few nail biting near misses before the finish.

Nomad 1 Vis
Needles 02:22:53 02:39:56
St Catherine’s Point 02:00:19 02:02:44
Bembridge Ledge Buoy 02:18:47 02:22:47
Finish Line 02:25:31 03:23:23
9:07:30 10:28:50

RTIR leg 2 and 3

Posted: 30 June 2012 by Jim Barden in Round the Island Race

Rounded the Needles light half hour ahead of time, on the sleigh ride, shook out a reef – now one reef in – and after coming past at St. Catherine’s Point we are on our way to making Bembridge Ledge

RTIR Race starts

Posted: 30 June 2012 by Jim Barden in Round the Island Race

Nomad 1 and Vis have passed through their respective start lines. Wind 20 – 28 knots. Nomad 1 carrying full jib and two reefs. Vis the same. Average Nomad 1 boat speed seven knots. Check positions on http://www.nomadsailing.co.uk

RTIR 2012 – Nomad 1 Training Day

Posted: 29 June 2012 by Jim Barden in Round the Island Race

Left Gosport at 1000 for race training. Came out of the harbour in 25kts of wind, increasing now to 30 gust 34.

Started with two reefs, dropped a third in now. Tacking time down to 6.2s but can do better.

Heavy rain now giving way to broken cloud and sun.

Nomad 1 out.

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