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RTIR 2016 – Nomad 1 vs One Life vs Windchat

Posted: 28 June 2016 by Jim Barden in Uncategorized

For the fifth year Nomad Sailing will be entering two boats into the annual race around the Isle of Wight.  Roughly 60 nm and over 1500 yachts will be competing, but Nomad 1 and One Life,  crewed by Nomad Sailing students,  will be keen to be beat each other over the finsh line.  The two Sunfast 37’s are well matched, although the sail wardrobe will suit Nomad 1 if the winds are stronger on the day.  Another of group of our friends will be sailing on the newly restored yacht Windchat a Cutlass 27 that is a fine sailing boat – we hope to see and compete with them on the way round.

one lifeWindchat-alongside-at-the-Folly-Inn-768x1024Round the Island Race 2015 - Nomad 1 The three competitors

To track our progress during the race click here

Start times:

One Life 0920 DST

Nomad 1 0950 DST

Windchat 1010 DST



Round the Island Race 2015

Posted: 25 June 2015 by Lou Barden in Uncategorized

The race is on again.  Nomad sailing have two yachts entered this year.  NOMAD 1(Sunfast 37), skippered and crewed by Peter May and other graduates of Nomad Sailing and DIGNITY (Sunfast 37)  skipper by our Lou and some more of our regular sailors. These boat are fairly closely matched and in have start times within 20mins of each other,  so we hope for a tight competition between the boats.  Sail plan could be crucial.  DIGNITY carries a large Genoa and Spinnaker, whereas NOMAD 1 one is only equipped with a working jib but has an asymmetric which may prove easier to handle and faster for the reach down the back of the Island of the wind is more Southerly.   Track the boats on race day here


Skipper : Peter May

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. Completed and qualified as Yachtmaster Coastal earlier this year and am proud owner of a little classic yacht that launches this weekend.

Paul Blacknell

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.

Bob Munday

Sailing History – Day Skipper (Nomad Graduate via Commodore), several bareboat charters in the Solent, cross channel and RTIR 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 on the mighty Nomad 1.

Sailing Ambitions – Yachtmaster, Fastnet, ARC, although not necessarily in that order.

Debbie Baines

Wayne Lloyd


Skipper : Lou Barden

Lou on Swim BritainI 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 Dignity through the finish line first.. or at least in front of the mighty Nomad 1 😉

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.

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.  My third RTIR and looking forward to it more than ever!

Steve Lyons

Alex Doyle

Melanie Ridge

Billy Beeching