No more No Man's Land Fort
To date, No Man's Land Fort, off Portsmouth, has been a port-hand mark of the course. This has been for safety reasons, to ensure boats were kept well away from the anti-submarine barrier running from the Fort south-west to the island shore. As the hazard was totally removed during 2004, race management at the Island Sailing Club took the advice of Queen's Harbour Master, Portsmouth, and amended their instructions accordingly. With a minimum depth of 2m at chart datum, many boats will have the option of using the new channel in the JPMorgan Fleming Round the Island Race 2005. Wily navigators will be calculating any tidal or distance advantage that might be gained.
To recognise the SeaBritain and Trafalgar Bicentenary celebrations this year, the Island Sailing Club will also be awarding an extra prize - the Trafalgar 200 Trophy. Peter Dickson, Commodore of the Club said: "The Trafalgar 200 Trophy will be awarded to the top boat in the Island Sailing Club Rating Group D. This section includes many entries from family-type cruisers. Their skippers and crew may not necessarily be regular racers, but they certainly know how to get the best from their own boat. They compete as keenly as any of our prospective record-breakers, and, we feel, demonstrate the spirit of the race as an event which appeals to sailors of every type."
The JPMorgan Fleming Round the Island Race, which attracts over 1,600 keelboats, takes place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Saturday 18th June 2005.