DRAMATIC 81ST ROUND THE ISLAND RACE 2012Race Partner Haven Knox-Johnston has been announced as the new sponsor of The Seamanship Award for the next two editions of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

The Seamanship Award has been associated with the Race for many years, recognising and paying tribute to acts of good seamanship on Race day; an outstanding action made by someone connected to the Race.

The Award nominations are open to all those involved in the Race, whether competitors, spectators, members of the emergency services, outside authorities or race officers, and nominations are judged by a group led by Dave Atkinson from ISC Race Management, the Commodore of the ISC and a representative from Haven Knox-Johnston. Nominations are sent to the ISC following the Race and the Trophy will be awarded in September.

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This year’s Race takes place on Saturday 27th June with a first start time scheduled for 07:00.

John Macaulay, Managing Director of Haven Knox-Johnston, comments:

“We are extremely proud to be sponsoring The Seamanship Award. Having been a Race Partner for the past 12 years, since 2003, we are always looking for new ways to be involved and support this great event. This type of award can often bring out the best in people for their actions not just because they are the fastest on the water.”

Mark Wynter, the new Commodore of the Island Sailing Club, will be on the Royal Yacht Squadron Platform in an official capacity this year rather than on board his Dubois half tonner Alchemist racing in the Round the Island Race. He said:

“I have raced in the RTI every year (bar one) since 1977 when I raced my first boat ‘Carte Blanche’ amongst an unprecedented 569 starters! Since then I have raced ‘Alchemist’ and our best RTI result to date was in 1998 when we were 13th overall.

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“My normal helmsman, Andrew Talbot, will be skipper and I shall be mopping a tear from my eye as they sail away from the RYS battlements I am sure!”

The Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) opened entries to the 84th edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 9th January in tandem with publishing the Notice of Race in print and online. Entries are currently on target at 400.

Early bird entries close at midnight this Saturday, 7th February. You can enter the race at

The first entry, always greeted with excitement by the Race admin team at the ISC, was announced as Zero II, Cowes Race School. Skipper James Gair, proudly commented:

“It’s fantastic news that Zero II, Cowes Race School, is the first entry!

“The RTI is the best race of the season. I think this will be my 20th RTI Race and no two have been the same, from light wind drifts to exhilarating surfs. I love the race as it is open to all sailors, from amateurs to many of the world’s best professionals, all on the same race course and all with a chance of winning. 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 Class Zero and are very keen to do it again! Summer’s on the way!”

Featured photograph with thanks to Donna Woodward-Taylor

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