Round the Island Race proves to be one of the best ever

Forty sailing boats took part in this year’s Round the Island Race competing for six prestigious trophies on Sunday.

A wide range of sailing vessels turned out for the annual event which dates back to the late 80’s.

The conditions for sailing couldn’t have been better with a westerly wind gusting between 15 and 18 miles per hour and large swells between St Marys and St Agnes adding to the challenge. 

Harbour Master Dale Clark in the Pegasus started the race just after 10:30am on Sunday from just off the Bacon Buoy. The race took the competitors around the back of St Marys past Telegraph and all the way around St Marys to St Agnes. Many spectator boats accompanied the race and cheered the competitors on.

The fist boat to cross the finish line was Ned Rogers in the Tornado Cat. Keith Buchanan and his son Ned did incredibly well placing first overall in their Redwing and first on handicap overall picking up the Mawer Cup. The 1st Catamaran on handicap and the Brooks and Adams trophy went to Philip Callan in his Hobie 14.

The 1st traditional sailing boat on handicap to finish was James Terry in Gem lifting the Fenton Cup and the 1st modern vessel on handicap, went to Miles Brooks in a Wayfarer, who has just come back to Scilly on holiday from America. Miles who was brought up on Scilly won the Deakon Cup. 

Leading the way for the ladies and the 1st lady helm on handicap lifting the Jumbo trophy was Ginny Russell in Hawk 20 and the 1st junior on handicap wining the Tregarthens trophy was Sam Stephan.

Keith would like to say thank you to Harbour Master Dale Clark for starting the race. The skippers of the safety boats, Adrian Davis and Mick in the club RIB, George Smalley in the Sailing Club’s Juneau and Chris Jenkins in his RIB. 

Thanks to Ben Hicks St Agnes liaison, Gail and Maddie Sibley, Alan Reekie, Carol Buchanan, Mark Underwood, The Turks Head and The Pie Trio. 

The Round the Island Race was organised by the Scillonian Sailing club, Keith and Carol Buchanan and Mark Underwood.

Photos courtesy of  Sonia Fletcher

Photos courtesy of Sonia Fletcher