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F-Boat Success in England's Round Island Race

The JPMorgan Asset Management 'Round the Island' Race one of the worlds largest and one of the most famous yacht races, with this year's event having 1584 starters, 43 being multihulls. The race took place on the 21st June 2014, starting in Cowes, with the fleet then racing 50 miles around the Isle of Wight, off England's south coast.

Fastest F-boat was Richard Bokkerink's F-32SR TODAY which won the Grand Prix multihull class on corrected time by 24 minutes, and was fifth over the line overall, behind two foiling GC32 racing cats, the Irens 63' trimaran PARADOX, and a Seacart 30 BUZZ. The Seacart 30 was carrying a 5 minute penalty due to starting early, which dropped it back behind TODAY in elapsed time. A good effort overall by Richard, crew, and TODAY, which also comes with a heavy duty folding system that works, and a cabin still roomy enough for some cruising

TODAY and BUZZ battling it out near race end - photo by yacht-photos.co.uk

In the large MOCRA class, Paul Butler's F-32RX took line honours, while Nick Wood's F-27 Origami won on corrected time, with John Galloway's F-27 THREEDOM second, and Tim Wilsons Dragonfly 35 third. All the multihull results can be seen at: Results

TODAY battling the light conditions - boatphotos.co.uk The curved foils (behind beams)
are not much use in these conditions, but at least they can be retracted right out of the water

Photo by SailingScenes

Paul Butler's F-32RX WARDANCE did very well for a roomy cruiser, and Paul wrote:

The wind forecast for this years RTI was rubbish [1-5mph] and it delivered. Thankfully, the Island Sailing club time the starts so that the 1600 yachts have the tide with them around the Island as much as possible.

The Grand Prix monohulls start first, while the large MOCRA fleet start 10 mins later. It was TODAY, the Dutch F-32SR that made the early running on the windward leg to the Needles and had the 2 GC32 foilers for company. The other 2 Grand prix Multihulls BUZZ [Seacart 30], and Paradox [Irens 60’], made less spectacular starts  and were playing catch-up. The first MOCRA Multihull around the Needles was my WARDANCE [F-32RX] in about 40th overall.

Then began the long spinnaker run around the bottom of the Island against the tide. The 5 GP multis and the lead monos headed up for speed in pursuit of the lead which took them into foul tide. WARDANCE stayed close to the shore and was 14th around St Catherines point.

By the Eastern tip of the island, the leaders had stretched away with TODAY holding her own near the front. Then came the slow beat back up the Solent against the flooding tide, The GP boats all bunched up waiting for wind and allowed a slightly embarrassed WARDANCE to get within sight flying her spinnaker at 14 knots. The sea breeze started to fill in and gradually allowed the leaders, one by one, to escape towards the finish. The GC32s were able to fully foil and extended away to take line honours. The 3 GP multis were close together next with TODAY taking the Handicap honours in this group.

The first MOCRA multihull to finish was WARDANCE in 12th OA elapsed time, but the filling breeze allowed three F-27s [ORIGAMI, THREEDOM and TINKERBELL and a F-9A [ALINI] to pack out the top 5 on handicap with ORIGAMI needing a shopping trolley for the prize giving.

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