Early birds get a discount
One of the newest boats on the race course will be Colm Barrington’s Ker 50 Magic Glove, currently under construction in Cape Town. As the currently record holder of the Round Ireland Race, this skipper will be hoping for further success. Not all entries come 'straight-out-of-the-box'. Michael Phipps’ Sparkman and Stevens sloop Alexandra Louise was built in 1966 and has since been round the world twice. Like so many boats in the race, hers will be a family-based crew.
IMOCA Open 60 champion Mike Golding will be on the line in Ecover bright and early, to join fellow Open 60 skippers for the first start at 6am. They will be competing for the Lombard Marine Finance Challenge Trophy. The final group to head westwards, some two hours later, includes the classic Folkboats and Nicholson 32s, much cherished by their owners. New this year, the Bavaria Owners’ Association is marking the 75th anniversary event by donating trophies in both IRC and ISC for the winning Bavaria yacht.
Online entries for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race can be made via the event website www.roundtheisland.org.uk or contact the Island Sailing Club by phone on 01983 296621.