ENTRIES are on target for another bumper J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
More than 620 boats have already signed up since January when the Island Sailing Club opened entries for the 84th race – one of the biggest sailing events in the world – which will take place on June 27.
The first entry, always greeted with excitement by the race admin team at the ISC, was announced as Zero II, Cowes Race School.
Proud Skipper James Gair, said: “Summer’s on the way!”
And he added: “It’s fantastic news that Zero II, Cowes Race School, is the first entry! The RTI is the best race of the season.” The one-day race pitches amateurs against many of the world’s best professionals on the same race course and all with a chance of winning on handicap. The first is set for 0700.
They include celebrities, sailors for whom it is the only race of the year, family crews and first time racers. With as many as 1,600 boats, it is also one of the biggest participatory sporting events in the UK and makes huge contributions to charity. The race weekend is one big party in Cowes.
Gair added: ““I love the race as it is open to all sailors. I think this will be my 20th and no two have been the same, from light wind drifts to exhilarating surfs.
“You can make it as tactical as you want or simply have a fun day keeping the Island on your left looking forward to the party in Cowes. “Last year we won on Class Zero and are very keen to do it again!
There are two free entries to this year’s race waiting to be drawn by the organisers at the ISC. The third and final draw takes place on 6 March. For details and to enter go to www.rtir.me/competition
caption: Boats making their way around the Island in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014.