Date of Issue: 4th February 2010

Having a really great time. Photo: Paul Wyeth RTIR 2009

Steve Le Butt’s ‘High Spirits’ was the first boat entered for the 2010 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: Entries for this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race are coming in thick and fast via the Race website at http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk and the Entries team at the Island Sailing Club reports that the first entry received was from an eager Steve Le Butt for his Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40 High Spirits.

This is Steve’s 9th consecutive year of entering the Race but last year’s circumnavigation turned out to be somewhat more action-packed than he had first anticipated as he crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in Cowes.  His race culminated in him being awarded the inaugural ‘Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award’ after his crew nominated him for his skill and judgement in assisting in a man overboard incident during the day.

The panel of judges included Race Partners Gavin Crilly-McKean (Nautica Watches) and Simon Boulding (Britannia Corporate Events) who were joined by Dave Atkinson from the Island Sailing Club’s race management team. Speaking on behalf of the panel, Gavin Crilly-McKean, commented:

Steve Le Butt is a superb example of a yachtsman acting in a calm manner in an emergency, communicating clearly and using his knowledge and experience to their best effect. The varying conditions during the race posed challenges and Steve’s actions embody the spirit in which this fantastic race is undertaken.”

Steve not only received the Nautica Seamanship Award trophy but also a handsome watch, a timely reminder of his excellent handling of an emergency situation. High Spirits secured a respectable 17th place in its 40-strong class, despite the detour.  Steve is an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner and principal of the RYA-recognised sailing school Spirit Sailing Ltd. He has many years’ cruising experience including 20,000 miles sailing single-handed. Full details of his rescue mission are reported on in the news section of the website.

The Island Sailing Club is delighted to announce that the prestigious Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award, presented in recognition of outstanding seamanship that takes place on the day of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, will be awarded once again in 2010. The Award is open to competitors and spectators, members of the emergency services and race officials. The recipient of this year’s Award will be announced after the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race being held on Saturday 19th June.

The Island Sailing Club and J.P. Morgan Asset Management are encouraging those people entering this year’s Race who are wishing to raise money for charity, to set up a Just Giving page via http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/go/charity to make it easier to raise funds for whichever charity they choose to support.

Each year, dozens of different charities are supported by competitors in the Race. In 2009 fundraisers managed to total nearly £100,000 with monies going to a number of different charitable causes. The total amount raised in the past four years has reached the remarkable sum of £350,000.  This year, organisers want to get that figure up to £500,000.

One Event-backed charitable initiative hitting the water in 2010 is the SailTime Charity Challenge. The four preferred race charities officially supported by the Island Sailing Club and J.P. Morgan Asset Management are for individuals, families and friends dealing with cancer.  All Race competitors are encouraged to raise as much money as possible for the following cancer-related charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Prostate UK, Breast Cancer Care and The Ellen MacArthur Trust.

Crews will compete on identical SailTime 40ft Bénéteau Océanis yachts, with crew places being filled by people who have been involved with or benefited from their charity. Each of the four yachts has its own Justgiving site and each aims to raise a minimum of £4,500 for their charity. The yachts will race for the SailTime Charity Challenge Cup, presented to the fastest Charity Challenge boat to complete the 50nm course at the Race prizegiving on Sunday 20th June.

To enter this year’s race, and to keep up with all the latest news, visit: http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk.


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

    • Nautica Watches sponsor the Outstanding Seamanship Award. Contact: Dan Calvert, UK Marketing Manager. T +44 208 326 6900.

  • 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

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Media Enquiries to:

Peta Stuart-Hunt
Island Sailing Club Press Officer
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

+44 (0) 1590 679 621
+44 (0) 7711 477 707


Jo Grindley or Dan Wilkinson
Into the Blue for J.P. Morgan Asset Management

+44 (0) 1983 247 286

Event Enquiries to:
Lea Bennett
Club Secretary
Island Sailing Club

+44 (0) 1983 296 621


Diary Date: Race day 2010 is on Saturday 19th June | Start time: 05:00


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