RTI Race: Raymarine commits to a further 2-year term in support of the Race, now entering its 80th year

Issued: Tuesday, 2 November 2010
by: Peta Stuart-Hunt, ISC Race Press Officer M: (0) 7711 477 707

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

Raymarine commits to a further two-year term in support of the Race, now entering its 80th year

Cowes, Isle of Wight: The Island Sailing Club, organisers of the world-renowned J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, is delighted to announce that Raymarine, the world-leading marine electronics manufacturing company, is continuing its support of this unique one-day yachting event, having signed up as a supporting sponsor for a further two year term.

Raymarine, now owned by FLIR Systems Inc., has been a Race Partner since 2003 and is fully committed to its pivotal role in the continuing success that is  the Round the Island Race as it enters its 80th anniversary year in 2011.

Speaking on behalf of Raymarine, Fiona Pankhurst, Head of Corporate Marketing and PR, explained that their sponsorship commitment goes way beyond financial support and branding of the event, and includes the now essential and much anticipated, pre-race weather briefing.

Raymarine sets up for its all-important weather briefing at the Island Sailing Club

“Raymarine has developed this all-important weather briefing over the years to make it easily accessible for the majority of the Race competitors to share, even if they are unable to attend the briefing in person. We relay the briefing via SMS messaging and also use a dedicated microsite to host the weather briefing online. This event is appreciated and recognised as a useful addition to the pre-race preparation, especially as the information is prepared and presented by expert marine weather authorities, such as Chris Tibbs and Libby Greenhalgh.”

Confidence breeds success

Lea Bennett is the Island Sailing Club’s Secretary whose year-round responsibilities include looking after the sponsorship and marketing of this most famous of yacht races.

“We would like to thank Raymarine and all our valued Race Partners for their continuing commitment to ensuring the future of this unique
sporting event and for their confidence in us as the organisers and hosts.

“The Island Sailing Club has been going since 1889 and as the organisers of this great race which is about to enter its 80th year, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we deliver the very best race to our 1,700 plus competitors, our title sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management and our family of Race Partners. We’ve plenty to celebrate!”

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 signing up each year to crew the 1,700 plus boats on the 50 nautical mile voyage around the Isle of Wight over the course of one day every June. It also attracts a massive following online and the mobile phone tracking technology introduced this year has been deemed a great success with some 30% of the competitors signing up to it and thousands following the progress of the fleet online.

Next year’s 80th Anniversary Race is being held on Saturday 25th June and the first gun is at 0600hrs.



Notes to Editors

  • The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners: Britannia Events, Haven Knox-Johnston, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel and Volvo Car UK
  • The 2011 Event will be J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s 7th year as title sponsor and they retain title sponsorship up to and including 2012
  • The Round the Island Race was first established in 1931 – 2011 marks the 80th anniversary of this great race
  • 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
  • 2010’s Race had 1,754 entries and 1,607 finished the Race. There were 47 retirements and 16 disqualifications/OCS (On the Course Side of the starting line
  • £100,000 was raised for charities in 2010
  • Nautica Watches continues to sponsor the Outstanding Seamanship Award. Contact: Dan Calvert, UK Marketing Manager. T +44 208 326 6900
  • 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





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