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Posts Tagged ‘isle of wight’

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The yacht Quokka shows us all just how not to round The Needles during this clip of the Round The Island (UK) Race.  You can see a bunch of whacked our wreck dancers standing on the same bricks in the very cool video here.

July 10th, 2017 by admin

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Ned Collier-Wakefield’s MOD-70 Concise finally took one away from the all-conquering Phaedo, beating the incredible Round The Island record the green boat set last year by just 1 minute over the 50 mile course (Phaedo is busy getting ready for the ORMA/MOD showdown in this month’s Transpac).  Concise’s time of 2:22 (with a top recorded speed of 44 knots!) nearly halves the leading monohull’s 4-plus hours in a near-perfect multihull breeze – a breeze that got even the slowest boat in the huge 1342-boat fleet moving well in England’s signature regatta.

This event is so big that it’s got a 69-page results book, and you can dig into the details here.  Photo from Mark Lloyd/Team Concise.  If you hated watching those overgrown beach cats in Bermuda and lament the loss of multihull racing from ‘the pinnacle’ of the sport, you’ll absolutely love this completely free, Matt Sheahan-commentated, nearly 5-hour long broadcast from the starting line of the RTI.

July 3rd, 2017 by admin

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Bronco Team sets AJ#1302DC7We dig what Junior and Julianna are doing with the Mount Gay Around Jamestown Record; a quirky little 19-mile Newport-area record they established last year.  What makes it different?  No real rules other than than the dates; if you’re the fastest when the May to October period ends, you win your body weight in rum.

It’s a fun record for fun people, and one of the most fun – hip hop gangsta and recent Melges 20 monster gun Johnny “Nugs” Goldsberry – helmed the Marstrom 32 Bronco to a brand new outright record earlier this week; just over an hour for the course.  Nugs says there’s a lot more in it.  “I’m just waiting for the right time to take my Moth out there and finish this thing in a half hour” he said. Goldsberry had Tom and Jono Loughborough aboard as well as Tripp Burd and past SCOTW Emma Creighton on the hiking straps.

It took 21 people including VOR winner Moose Sanderson and 5 million dollars’ worth of re-masted Mini-Maxi to set the new monohull record for the same course on Wednesday; Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente took an hour and 20 on their run.

The Real Round

RMGC32Meanwhile, the granddaddy of all “round the islands” comes up in less than a week; the real Round The Island has been running since the 1930s and attracts over 1500 yachts and multihulls and more than 15,000 sailors to the 50 NM course around the Isle of Wight.  It’s one of the biggest sailing events on the planet, and this year, we’re putting our money on Paul Campbell-James at the helm of Pete Cumming’s Richard Mille GC32 Racing program to foil their way past Sir Ben Ainslie’s 2:52:15 RTI record on the AC45 last year.  Follow Pete, Paul, BAR Racing’s Nick Hutton, and up-and-comer Adam Piggot in their attempt on Twitter @RMGC32Sailing.

 

June 13th, 2014 by admin

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