Nic 32s in the Round the Island Race
- The annual Round the Island Race (round the Isle of Wight, off the S Coast of England) took place on the 26th June. With over 1,500 competitors it is one of the largest yacht races in the world, with a distance of about 52 miles. As usual the Nic 32's had their own class
There are several starts; this year's race was unusual in that because of tides it started rather later than usual, with starts every ten minutes from 08.30 to 09.30. The wind was an Ely, F3, so spinnakers were flow down the W Solent to Hurst Castle. At the Needles the boats came on to the wind, and the still rapidly ebbing tide resulted in slow progress to S Catherine's Point. With the wind veering to the SSW, and a now favourable tide, spinnakers were flow again as far as Bembridge Ledge buoy. The fleet was more concentrated than I ever remember, especially as the early boats headed inshore after the passage through the forts, but a favourable wind shift allowed the later boats to catch up. It was a close reach through the E Solent to the finishing line off Cowes, where the wind headed the fleet and there was some exciting (!) close tacking (with loud cries of 'Starboard') as yachts jostled for the finish.
The maratime traffic block (of 30 mins) to reach the declaration barge was a sight to behold, especially as dusk was falling and the hundreds of yachts had their nav lights on.
It was ohne of the most enjoyable RTI's that I can remember.
Results are at www.islandsc.org.uk, results for the Nic 32's are:
Name Finishing time Elapsed time Position
2312Y WAYZATA 20:29:30 10:59:30 1
K3031 BELTANA 20:41:41 11:11:41 2
1235Y JULIABET 20:43:39 11:13:39 3
4017T MELADY FAIR 20:51:16 11:21:16 4
6741T BALLYHOO 20:51:45 11:21:45 5
1984Y JUDICIOUS 20:58:39 11:28:39 6
K3455T SPINDRIFT OF DART 21:09:00 11:39:00 7
2266 BAMBELLA 21:11:01 11:41:01 8
GBR9432R AIOKEE 21:12:48 11:42:48 9
2776Y RESPONSIVE 21:15:30 11:45:30 10