The Round the Isle of Wight race is the nearest the Class 40 Worlds gets to the ocean stuff these boats are all about and the conditions suited them. Sunshine and light breezes moved out of the Solent to make way for a typical British south westerly cold front, complete with cloud, rain and decent winds.
The race started at 0900hrs at Universal Marina buoy with 15 – 18 knots of breeze from the southwest, giving them a beat to the Needles as the fleet headed off on the traditional anti-clockwise course. Tanguy de Lamotte’s Initiative Saveurs – Novedia Group and Arnaud Aubry’s Courrier de L’Odet were forced to retire early due to damage sustained in a collision during the start.
By midday the fleet was already around the Needles and screaming off downwind, propelled by squally gusts of up to 30knots. Felipe Cubillos onboard Desafio Cabo de Hornos, was first to round the Bridge Buoy and set off down the back of the island towards St. Catherine’s Point, closely followed by Tony Lawson’s Concise. Lawson’s team managed to take the lead and maintain it until the finish. Pic from Mike Jones and tons more here.