With gusts of up to 40 knots the 85th edition of the Round The Island Race attracted over 1,500 yachts and 16,000 competitors. Amongst the modern fleet Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 trimaran Phaedo 3 shattered the multihull race record in a time of 2 hours 23 minutes, 23 seconds, an impressive 28 minutes ahead of the record Sir Ben Ainslie set in 2013. Prince Harry joined Sir Keith Mills’ FAST 40+ Invictus and came in second just missing out on the coveted Gold Roman Bowl for the first IRC yacht on corrected time.
The strong winds didn’t stop the classic fleet from being out in vast numbers although there were a number of retirements for many classic and modern yachts. Below results of the first place in each classic yacht class and images.
Ivy Green (Gaffers Division 1)
Susan J (Gaffers Division 2)
Galatea of Gillan (Classic Racing Yacht)
Bugler (Contessa 32)
Spartel (Nicholson 32)
Photos courtesy of http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk