It’s up with the lark and a sunrise start for Britain’s favourite yacht race
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2010
Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: With this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race being lauded as one of the best-ever and certainly one of the more challenging by the competitors (owing to the lack of wind around Bembridge, IOW), the Island Sailing Club (ISC) is examining ways to make it even more of a resounding success in 2010. In addition to any specific improvements being made to next year’s Race, it promises to be memorable for all concerned with a scheduled start time of 0500 on Saturday 19th June.
The 2010 edition of this most iconic of sailing events will definitely appeal to the early risers amongst us and as Lea Bennett, Club Secretary for the ISC points out, “Whilst the tides on the day are indeed dictating a very early start, it also means that the majority of competitors will hopefully cross the finish line earlier in the day and, with luck and a following wind, be able to enjoy rather more of the shore side hospitality that’s on offer in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Race Village in Cowes Yacht Haven and with us at the Island Sailing Club.”
Building on its solid foundation
Never one to rest on its laurels, the Island Sailing Club as the Race host and organisers, requests post-Race feedback from all competitors concerning their experiences both on and off the water during this annual one-day yachting extravaganza.
The Club usually receives a pretty healthy response and this year is no exception with around 30% sharing their views, likes, dislikes, and recommendations; a solid indication of how committed sailors are to ensuring their annual participation in Britain’s favourite yacht race. The results from the 2009 questionnaire are now being scrutinised by the ISC’s Race Steering Group and suggestions for changes and improvements that are to be implemented by the Club for the 2010 Race will be published before the end of this year.
Meanwhile, the Island Sailing Club is delighted to welcome back J.P. Morgan Asset Management for a 6th term as the Race title sponsor in 2010, together with Race Partners Bénéteau, Britannia Events, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, St Margaret’s Direct and Volvo Car UK.
“J.P. Morgan Asset Management and our Race Partners contribute so much to the profile and atmosphere of this unique event and it is a pleasure to be working with them again as we commence planning in earnest for 2010,” commented Lea Bennett.
Speaking on behalf of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Roger Thompson, Head of UK, said,
“J.P. Morgan Asset Management is proud to be entering its sixth year as title sponsor of the Round the Island race. We are excited to be involved in Britain’s favourite yacht race, an event where competitors of all ages, abilities and experience can race against the best in the world. 2009 was another great year for charitable donations bringing the total raised in the last four years to £350,000 – something we intend to build on in 2010. I look forward to another fantastic race and will see you all bright and early in Cowes!“
The amount of funds raised in the lead up to, during and post the 2009 Race virtually equals the 2008 figure raised of £100,000 with funds this year going to a number of different charitable causes including the four preferred Race charities: Prostate UK, The Ellen MacArthur Trust, Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Notes to Editors
- The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and Race Partners Bénéteau, Britannia Events, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, St Margaret’s Direct and Volvo Car UK.
- The Round the Island Race was first established in 1931
- The Race starts and finishes in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the centre of British yachting
- It is an all-encompassing event that caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level. The event strapline is ‘Britain’s Favourite Yacht Race’
- The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK with around 16,000 sailors taking part over the course of one day
- A record 1,875 boats were entered in 2008
- The current monohull race record was set by Mike Slade (ICAP Leopard) in 2008 at 3.53.05
- The multihull race record still stands at Francis Joyon’s 2001 time of 3.08.29
- The 2010 Event will be J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s 6th year as title sponsor
- 2009 enjoyed the 4th highest entry in the history of the race. Of the 1,779 boats entered in 2009, 1,566 boats completed the 50-mile Westwards course within the allotted time frame
- £100,000 was raised for charities in 2009 and donations can be made through http://www.justgiving.com/roundtheisland
- Full details and results from the 2009 Race can be found on the official website http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk
Diary Date: Race day 2010 is on Saturday 19th June | Start time: 05:00
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