Round the Island Race 2014

February 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I’ve never raced, its never really appealed… going out in the bay and going round and round with the risk of someone bashing you.  (To my mind, bashing boats is to be avoided at all costs!)  I think it might also be because my first introduction to racing was us in a Trapper 500, motoring through a fleet of racing Mirrors who happened to be crossing the buoyed channel in Chichester Harbour, and one of them ran over our trailing log and we lost it.  I remember the air turning blue and that ‘they were idiots’.

I would have thought that Duet was too old, and too heavy to be a real contender these days though one did actually win the 1967 Round the Island Race, and her previous owner did tell me that he transom mounted her outboard so he could lift it clear of the water to get an extra knot while he was racing?

Then I found Joseph Moore’s great blog, and his account of his 2013 Round the Island Race with his bilge keel Hurley 22, Derwyn. And if he can do it, why can’t we?

This is video is rather lovely too (and watch out for the boat with the black spinnaker hitting the wreck at 0:17)

We will see… Entries are open here. Would need to find some crew though…