30th Annual Round The Island Race Takes Place

Red Wings setting off from St Mary's. 

Red Wings setting off from St Mary's. 

The annual Round The Island Race took place last Sunday and had some added significance this year as it marked the 30th anniversary of the event.

A real Scillonian tradition is the Round The Island Race which is organised by the Scillonian Sailing Club and takes place either the last Sunday of July or first Sunday of August subject to weather and tides every year. 

There are alway thrills, a few spills and all kinds of drama followed by a great reception at the Turk's Head on St Agnes and this year was no exception!

Find out about this year's memorable event by reading the Scillonian Sailing Club's official race report courtesy of Fran Clark below.

Race Report:

Warm sun, a fresh breeze and turbulent seas made the 30th Round the Island race one to remember.

After an unsettled week and poor forecast, few expected blue skies and warm breeze. 
33 Yachts, dinghies and catamarans headed east, downwind from Bacon Buoy to Bar Point.

3 Redwings and the Laser fun headed inshore, whilst the Laser 2000, a Hobie and wayfarers tried further offshore in the now ebbing tide.  Two Hawks, spinnakers set, down the middle. 

Around Bar, close inshore, Redwing ‘Shag’ with a narrow lead, the 2000, Redwings ‘Spirit’ and ‘Fantastic’ and Hobie 15, all in contention as they hardened sails onto the wind. 

A Vicious gust hit, capsizing the 2000, propelling the Hobie through to a good lead on the reach. 
Wind against tide increased the wind and sea state from Hats to Penninis making for exciting, testing conditions. Groups that had long tacked to the East converging with those who’d tacked inshore. 

The Redwings, enjoying the rough going, showed well at the finish.  Redwing ‘Shag’ Keith and Ned buchanan first to finish followed by Ben and Toby Hicks in ‘Spirit’ then Richard and Amelia  Mills in Hobie 15. The two ‘Hawks’  Tim Hicks just leading Alan Davis. Redwings ‘Fantastic’ James Fletcher and Kylie Carter ahead of Mark Underwood and and Luke Humphries in ‘Althea’ and Sam Stephan and Archie Hicks in ‘Duke’.  

Jack and Jessie in the Laser Fun and Phillip Callan in the second Hobie. Three boats crossed together, Carol Shave and Honor Burrows in ‘Venus,’ Keith and Jono Grossett in ‘Ballerina’ and Jessie and James in the ‘Beaufort’.

Throughout the fleet there was close racing, some small breakages, a few capsizes and several early retirements. 

St. Agnes laid on a warm welcome, plenty of Sun, lazy pints, pasties and burgers. A large crowd, swelled by the ‘Agnes Fete’ enjoyed great music from the ‘Pie Trio’. Sailing Club Secretary Fran Clark and Committee Officer Luke Humphries presented the prizes as follows:

    1.    Junior Helm - Sam Stephan & Archie Hicks
    2.    Ladies helm - Jessie Main
    3.    First multihull - Richard and Amelia Mills
    4.    First Boat home - Keith and Ned Buchanan
    5.    First traditional boat - Kevin Ashworth
    6.    Most interesting boat - Jake Buchanan and Jordan

Special Thanks to Keith Buchanan and Carol Shave for organising the race; the Safety craft crews, Dave Brookes, Ben Fowler, Adrian Davis and Murray Hodgson; St Mary’s Harbour Master Dale Clark and Mark Jones for starting the race; Lisa and Anthony Graves for a professional finishing job. Keith Grossett for the onerous task of collating the Results; Ben Hicks and crew, our St. Agnes posse; The St. Marys T.I.C. and Raven’s Porth Sailing Centre for collection entries and finally the Turks Head for their excellent support and wonderful hosting.