Good Turnout Expected For Annual Round-The-Island Race

round the island race 2013 2Conditions are looking good for this weekend’s annual Round-The-Island Race, the biggest event in the islands’ sailing calendar.

Sailing Club Principal, Richard Mills, says over the last few years, numbers have been hit by poor weather, which meant the race had to be rescheduled but he’s hoping for a decent turn-out on Sunday.

It’s open to anyone although Richard says you need to be a fairly capable sailor to get round the course.

The race starts from off St Mary’s harbour, before heading east and south around the island and finishing at Porth Conger on St Agnes.

It can be a bit deceptive, says Richard. There’s usually a good wind for the start, down to Bar Point, where it tends to drop.

By the time the boats get round to Peninnis, Richard says they’ll be battling the tides. It’s usually experienced sailors, who really know the currents, who get the fastest times, he says.

First boats, usually catamarans, cross the line in around 40 to 60 minutes and there’s a 4-hour limit to complete the course.

Club member Jim Johnson “regularly pushes that to the limit,” says Richard.

It’s a fairly ‘tongue-in-cheek’ competition, although there have been some famous tussles between club members.

The Sailing Club currently has about 70 members including 40 juniors. Richard says around a fifth of them will take part in the race, with a lot of visitors booking their holidays to coincide with the date so they can enter.

With reduced member numbers and having lost a few of the trophies, Richard says they’ve cut down on categories, which should make the awards ceremony go much quicker.

There’ll still be awards for the first boats across the line, fastest junior and female, and awards to poke fun at any incidents that have happened en route.

The race starts at 10.30am on Sunday 3rd August and you should contact the Sailing Club for further details.