Solo round the Island

Petit Bateau warm-up event due to take place later this month

Tuesday April 3rd 2007, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
The second edition of RIOW Solo, a testing single-handed race around the Isle of Wight will start at from Egypt Point, Cowes on Saturday 28 April 2007. The race is aimed at monohulls and multihulls of 25-40ft overall length, while there is also a special class for Minis.

This event is the latest in the series of singlehanded races that have been organised by Racing at Petit Bateau Ltd over the last four years. One objective of RIOW Solo is to encourage skippers who are new to this exciting discipline to gain experience in the familiar and convenient location of the Solent, with ample opportunity to meet fellow soloists at the Island Sailing Club on the evening of Friday 27 and Saturday 28 for the prize giving.

Race Director Paul Peggs is pleased with the quality of the entry, which includes several skippers new to solo racing and strong support from the established short handers. Winner Mike Moxley returns in Malice (HOD 35) to defend his title from last year’s podium of Simon Curwen (J/105) and Rory Carter (Dehler 34). There is already a strong entry showing from the J/105 class regulars and the new J/122 will make its debut. Paul anticipates 40 boats will start the second edition of this challenging event, the smaller boats start first at 0900hrs. on the JOG line off Egypt Point.

The details of the race can be found at where entries can be made and paid on line. Entries close on Saturday April 21st.

All Petit Bateau events are 'Open' races to encourage development in shorthanded design and techniques. IRC or MOCRA certificates are not required, but corrected times will be calculated for those with valid certificates and handicap prizes are also awarded. The champion Sigma 38 Festina Lente and the Figaro One Fluffy gained IRC trophies last time.

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