40 expected from solo round the island race

Petit Bateau's RIOW Solo race to take place later this month

Wednesday April 9th 2008, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
The fourth edition of RIOW Solo, Petit Bateau's 50 mile singlehanded race around the Isle of Wight will start at from Egypt Point, Cowes on Saturday 26 April. The race is aimed at monohull and multihull yachts from 25-40ft LOA, but 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 five 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. The race is also the first of the new Solent Solo Series for 2008. There will be ample opportunity to meet fellow soloists at the Island Sailing Club on the evenings of Friday 25 and Saturday 26t April for the prize giving.

Race Director Paul Peggs is pleased with the quality of the entry, 20 boats so far, which includes several skippers new to solo racing and strong support from the established shorthanders. Last year's winners - Simon Forbes in the Dragonfly trimaran Scooby III and Peter Newlands in his First 40.7 Anticipation both return to defend their titles from the pursuers of Rory Carter (Dehler 36) and Simon Curwen (J/105). There is already a strong entry from J/105 class regulars and Rob Craigie’s J/122 Jbellino will be back for a second go round.

New faces include a brace of Figaro 2s, with Katie Miller and Andy Greenwood making their Solent debut. Paul Peggs anticipates 40 boats will start the fourth edition of this challenging event; the smaller boats go first at 0610hrs on the JOG line off Egypt Point but with barely two hours of fair tide to clear the Needles it will be touch and go.

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 details of the race can be found at www.petitbateau.org.uk where entries can be made and paid on line. Entries close on Saturday April 19th.

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