Good Turnout For Rescheduled Round-The-Island Race

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Forty-two boats entered the rescheduled Round-the-Island race yesterday.

It had been postponed by the Scillonian Sailing Club from the previous week, when the weather wasn’t good.

Some regular participants who were here on holiday last weekend couldn’t stay for Sunday’s race but it was still the largest number of entrants in recent years.

The event, which was first held in 1985, has attracted up to eighty vessels in the past.

Sailing Club member Keith Buchanan says some visitors book their breaks around the event which is usually held over the first weekend in August.

The first boat completed the circuit around St Mary’s and over to St Agnes in 1 hour and 27 minutes. It was a Tornado class multi-hull catamaran helmed by Ryan Crawford with Tom Jackman.

First boat across the line, a Tornado class catamaran helmed by Ryan Crawford with Tom Jackman.

First boat across the line, a Tornado class catamaran helmed by Ryan Crawford with Tom Jackman.

The last boat to finish was helmed leisurely by Jim Johnson at 3 hours 45 minutes.

First female helm over the line was Carol Shave with crew Jo Johnson, sailing a Redwing named Venus. They won the Jumbo cup.

James Terry helmed the first traditional boat over the line, a Gem class gaff cutter, while the first modern boat was helmed by Jim Rosser sailing a Laser dinghy.

The first Redwing over the line was ‘Spirit’ number 205, helmed by Jo Sibley with crew member Clive Sibley.

The Mermaid Cup went to Lucy Dorrien Smith sailing a Hawk 20.

Winner of the Junior Helm was Sam Stephan with crewmember James Fletcher sailing Redwing number 95, ‘Fantastic’.

The Rat Island Trophy for the most interesting boat went to Steve Mapplethorpe in his 50 year-old Mirror.

Iain McCulloch organised the event and said he was very pleased with the level of entrants.

The race raises some funds for the club through the entry fee, but Iain says its main goal is to provide club members with a chance to take part in a good competitive race, against the clock and under RYA rules.

It was the first time he’s organised the race and he was surprised at how everyone plays their part. He thanked the harbour staff for providing the start boat and Andy Guy who was in the safety boat.

You can see more photos from the race in our gallery here.
 

Scilly Round The Island Race from Scilly Today on Vimeo.