Date of Issue: 20th January 2010
By: Peta Stuart-Hunt on behalf of the Island Sailing Club | Mob: +44 (0) 7711 477 707
ONLINE ENTRIES OPEN TOMORROW FOR THE J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT ROUND THE ISLAND RACE
Enter online to secure your place in Britain’s favourite yacht race
Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: Online Entries for this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race are open from Thursday 21st January. The Notice of Race and Entry Form go live on the updated Race website at http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk.
Following competitor feedback and the large number of entries received online in 2009, it has been decided that entries will be via the online system in 2010. However, paper entries can be made by contacting the Island Sailing Club direct.
The 2010 Race, the 79th edition and the 6th to have J.P. Morgan Asset Management as its title sponsor, is being run on Saturday, 19th June. In line with other significant British sporting fixtures, it has become one of the great Summer sporting occasions and is now the UK’s fourth largest participation sports after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
Around 16,000 sailors from across Europe and the USA, as well as from all over the UK, compete in upwards of 1,700 boats to follow the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout to The Needles, past St Catherine’s Point, turning at Bembridge Ledge buoy and then heading back into the Solent. Spectators can find many vantage points on the mainland and around the Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress.
Over 60 prizes are awarded and every boat completing this much-loved race receives a special Tankard marking the occasion.
Whether you compete regularly or are new to the event, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race provides the opportunity to enjoy a day of superb racing in some of the country’s finest sailing waters. It is one of those things that you just have to do, at least once!
The multihull record stands at just 3 hours 8 minutes and 29 seconds and for a monohull, the record is 3 hours 53 minutes and 5 seconds. However, the bulk of the fleet crosses the line during the late afternoon or early evening.
Notes to Editors
- The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the 2010 Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the 2010 Race Partners: Beneteau, Britannia Events, Haven Knox-Johnston, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel and Volvo Car UK
- The 2010 Event will be J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s 6th year as title sponsor and they have just announced continuation of their title sponsorship up to and including 2012
- 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 after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs, 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
- 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 nautical mile westwards course within the time limit
- £100,000 was raised for charities in 2009
- Full details and results from the 2009 Race can be found on the official website http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk