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2012 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Prizegiving

July 01, 2012

Following the yesterday’s challenging, lively as well as memorable day of competing, the post-J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race atmosphere in the sunny town of Cowes today is mainly one of relief and great pleasure. Organised and run by the Island Sailing Club, the 81st Round the Island Race, the biggest yacht race in the world, was attended by 1,647 yachts across 25 classes.

Roger Thompson, J.P. Morgan Asset Management (left) with the winning crew of ‘Manroland Sheetfed’ and Tony Langley holding the Gold Roman Bowl, presented by Dame Ellen MacArthur at today’s prizegiving at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. Photo: Patrick Eden

Roger Thompson, J.P. Morgan Asset Management (left) with the winning crew of ‘Manroland Sheetfed’ and Tony Langley holding the Gold Roman Bowl, presented by Dame Ellen MacArthur at today’s prizegiving at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. Photo: Patrick Eden

Of these, 1,198 crossed the finish line yesterday 30 June within the 10pm deadline; 247 retired, giving a 73% finish rate which is precisely the same percentage as in 2011 when the 80th Anniversary Race attracted a record entry of 1,908 yachts and welcomed home 1,345 finishers.

At today’s exceptionally well-attended Prizegiving, hosted by the Island Sailing Club, the upbeat audience was welcomed by the Club’s Commodore Rod Nicholls who made special mention of the Coastguard and inshore lifeboat services to a heartfelt round of applause. An impressive array of gold and silverware was handed out by Roger Thompson, COO of J.P Morgan Asset Management and presented to the prize winners by the guest of honour, Dame Ellen MacArthur, attending in her capacity as Patron of the Official Charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. The Prizegiving was MC’d by the ISC’s Sailing Secretary, Chris Thomas.

The winner of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for first boat overall on IRC handicap was Tony Langley’s TP52 sailing yacht Manroland Sheetfed. Competing in IRC 0, Manroland Sheetfed (aka Weapon of Choice) was the second monohull to complete the course, finishing in 4hrs, 42mins and 12secs to win on corrected time by just 3 minutes. As the first monohull to finish, the Observer Trophy went to Mike Slade and charter yacht ICAP Leopard whilst the Silver Roman Bowl was won by last year’s Gold Roman Bowl winner, Jo Hutchinson, on Sundowner.

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 -  Main Salon

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 - Main Salon

OBSERVER TROPHY & JPMAM TROPHY – First Monohull to finish – GBR1R ICAP LEOPARD MIKE SLADE

GOLD ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER – First Overall IRC – GBR5252L MANROLAND SHEETFED Tony Langley

SILVER ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER
– Second Overall IRC  – CO1228 SUNDOWNER Jo Hutchinson

Next year’s Race is on Saturday 1st June and rumour has it that it’s another one of those very early starts!

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race: 2012 Gold and Silver Roman Bowl winners

June 30, 2012

With the 81st edition of the race bringing triumph for yachts both large as well as small, the overall winners of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have been revealed.

Manroland Sheetfed wins this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl. Photo: Paul Wyeth

Manroland Sheetfed yacht wins this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl. Photo: Paul Wyeth

The winner of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for first boat overall on IRC handicap is Tony Langley’s TP52 yacht Manroland Sheetfed. Competing in IRC 0, Manroland Sheetfed (aka Weapon of Choice) was the second monohull to complete the course, finishing in 4hrs, 42mins and 12secs to win on corrected time by just 3 minutes.

Tony Langley’s crew held off a strong challenge by last year’s Gold Roman Bowl winner Sundowner. Jo Hutchinson’s Contessa 26 won IRC Division 3D by completing the course in 8hrs, 31mins and 17secs giving them a corrected time of just 3 minutes and 4 seconds slower than the TP52 and awarding them the Silver Roman Bowl for second overall in IRC.

Sundowner also faced a fierce challenge from another previous winner of the race, Ed Donald’s Madelaine, a Nordic Folkboat that won the Gold Roman Bowl in 2007. Racing in the same class, Madelaine finished just two and a half minutes behind Sundowner on the water, to take third overall on corrected time.

Line honours went to the Multi 50 trimaran yacht Actual, which crossed the finish line at 10.19.57 this morning, finishing in a time of 3hrs, 09mins and 57secs to just miss out on the outright record set by Francis Joyon in 2001 by just 1min, 28secs.

Skipper Yves Le Blevec, a Jules Verne record and Mini Transat winner, said: “We had three objectives for this race. Firstly don’t break the boat, secondly don’t arrive behind Prince de Bretagne, and in third it was to arrive in 1st overall across the line. We had those three points but we didn’t think about the fourth point – which was the record, and we missed the record by very little!”

Blevec said they weren’t aware of how close to the record time they were as they neared the finish: “We didn’t check that before, and when we saw the time we realised it was very close. But it was a very nice race, and on the south of the island there was big waves and windy, very nice conditions.”

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 -  Galley

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 - Galley

They were followed home by last year’s line honours winner Prince de Bretagne, while first monohull home was the current course record holder, charter yacht ICAP Leopard, who rounded the Island in 03hrs, 59mins and 04secs.

The last yacht expected to cross the finish line this evening was a Westerly Windrush named Stormbird II who has sadly since has announced his retirement from the Race just off Portsmouth. This leaves the last boat home unknown at this point with plenty of yachts still spread out en route to the finish. The deadline for completing the race is set at 2200hrs.

The prizegiving will be held at the Island Sailing Club at 1200hrs tomorrow, Sunday July 1.

Race Partners 2012 are Britannia Events, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, Small Luxury Hotels of the World & Volvo Car UK.

81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race started

June 30, 2012

Kicked off by Olympic 470 sailor Hannah Mills, the 81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race started from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, attended by more than 1,600 yachts sailing in a westerly direction round the Isle of Wight.

The French Multi 50 trimaran yacht Actual bears off for maximum speed around the Needles, eventually taking line honours in today’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Photo: onEdition

The French Multi 50 trimaran yacht Actual bears off for maximum speed around the Needles, eventually taking line honours in today’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Photo: onEdition

The wind conditions are as forecast with most of the fleets starting in a moderate south-westerly breeze. However, the forecast is for the wind to increase, with the predicted conditions having already put paid to racing for some of the smaller classes including sportsboats, J80s, 707s, SB20s (formerly known as SB3s) and the small MOCRA multihull fleet (LOA less than 9.15m).

There was also a safety call made for all competitors to wear lifejackets.

The likes of Mike Slade’s 100ft Farr-designed charter yacht ICAP Leopard revelled in the conditions and soon slotted in to her natural position at the head of the fleet. She led the fleet round the Needles but was soon challenged by last year’s line honours winner, Lionel Lemonchois and team on the Multi 50 Prince de Bretagne. However, first across the line at 10.19.57, just over one minute outside the overall record, finishing in 3hrs.09mins and 57secs, was former Mini Transat winner Yves Le Blevec on the Multi 50 trimaran yacht Actual.

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 -  Main

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 - Main

Elsewhere the fleet are battling the strong winds round the south of the island and as the day progresses there are a number of retirements. However, it is great to see the likes of Dame Ellen MacArthur on the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s boat Dark Star, which is a 90ft sloop loaned to the Trust for the day. She is currently the leading yacht in the Trust’s four-boat fleet.

Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie at the helm of the 162ft sailing yacht Eleonora E (ex Eleonora), is now round St Catherine’s Point and enjoying a final blast home to the finish.

Race Partners 2012 are Britannia Events, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, Small Luxury Hotels of the World & Volvo Car UK.

Westward Cup 2012: Three Big Class yachts racing for the Yacht Club de Monaco Trophy

June 14, 2012

The Race Officers at the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) decided to suspend competing for the three Big Class yachts racing for the Westward Cup this week in Cowes, Isle of Wight, following a damp as well as windless yesterday’s morning. However, the depressed weather failed to dampen the spirits of owners and guests and, indeed, the sailing yacht Mariette and the superyacht Mariquita decided to get in some practice sailing as the wind picked up and the sky began to turn a pale shade of blue.

Luxury yacht Eleonora and Mariquita superyacht racing today at the Westward Cup in Cowes.  Credit Chris Boynton

Luxury yacht Eleonora and Mariquita superyacht racing today at the Westward Cup in Cowes. Credit: Chris Boynton

Today, with all eyes on the weather forecast and watching out for today’s expected low, the Race Officers at the Royal Yacht Squadron decided not to send the yachts around the Island as originally planned and instead ensured they got in two terrific races in the Eastern Solent, racing for the YCM (Yacht Club de Monaco) Trophy.

The first race took the fleet of three classic Big Class yachts, the 49.5m (160ft) charter yacht Eleonora E (ex Eleonora), the 42.06m (138ft) superyacht Mariette,  and the 38.1m (125ft) sailing yacht Mariquita from the RYS line to the east to Warner, past the Forts at Seaview, back up the central Solent to South Bramble, to Gurnard and finishing on the RYS line to the delight of the mass of spectators at Princes Green and on Cowes Parade. The 28nm race was won by Mariette, followed by Mariquita with Eleonora in third place. Conditions were beginning to freshen and it was a very successful race.

This afternoon’s racing had the yachts heading east once again to the mark at Mother Bank, thence to East Bramble followed by a long run to West Lepe, and back up the Western Solent to the finish at the RYS. Conditions were deteriorating as the wind increased from the south-east, strengthening to 20-25 knots, not damaging but perhaps a little hard on some of the older yachts and indeed Mariquita superyacht decided to call it a day and returned home to base before even starting this afternoon’s race.

Richard Salaman, Safety Officer, commented, “In terms of the withdrawal of Mariquita, the decision taken by the Captain, Jim Thom, not to start the second race, was probably wise in the deteriorating conditions.”

For the remaining two yachts, they had a hard time of it until they got to Mother Bank where they turned north-west to East Bramble which gave them an excellent wind and they obtained some very good speeds all the way to West Lepe and then across the finishing line by which time the sea state was becoming very lumpy.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, there is a deepening depression tracking north from Biscay with a pressure prediction of 982Mbs which on its present rack could produce winds in excess of Force 5-7. There is some uncertainty as to the exact track it is going to take and a decision will be taken at 0830 on Friday as to whether racing is going to be possible on Friday.

Today’s results:
Race 2
1, Mariette
2. Mariquita
3. Eleonora

Race 3
1. Mariette
2. Eleonora
3. Mariquita DNS

Overall results after 3 races:
Mariette = 3 points
Eleonora and Mariquita = 8 points

Mount Gay Rum to support Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week as the official ‘Regatta Rum’

June 07, 2012

The world’s well known sailing yacht regatta Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will be once again supported by Mount Gay Rum, bringing a Caribbean vibe across the Atlantic Ocean from the Island of Barbados. Thousands of sailors in hundreds of yachts will face the Solent waters, popular for its nautical legacy, firmly connecting Cowes, the Isle of Wight sailing Mecca with its more tropical counterpart, Barbados, the coral reefed Island as well as birthplace of rum.

MGR logo

Brand Manager, Alvin Saal is delighted to be associated with one of the UK‘s most successful sporting events, particularly in this Olympic year: “It’s a great opportunity for us to connect and reward our loyal followers: the sailing community and also introduce the premium rum brand to new consumers. Mount Gay Rum has long been associated with sailors and the sea and as the official ‘Regatta Rum’, competitors can enjoy their favourite Mount Gay Rum after a competitive day on the water.”

With its official ‘Regatta Rum’ status, Mount Gay Rum will also be supporting and sampling both Mount Gay Eclipse Rum and Mount Gay Extra Old Rum at a number of events and hosting consumer, trade and yachting press. Competitions in local and national print media and radio, as well as sampling activities, Caribbean music and Mount Gay Rum being served at venues throughout the town, will bring a real Bajan feel to this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

As much as sailors love Mount Gay Rum, they love Mount Gay Rum Red Caps from regattas around the world as much. Many aspire to collecting one from every regatta they have sailed in. This year, the first 500 competitors to enter The Mount Gay Rum Red Cap crew party at Peppermint Shepard’s Wharf on Thursday 16th August, will be rewarded with one of the most cherished mementoes of any regatta – the coveted Mount Gay Rum Red Cap! Tickets will sell out fast for the party which features live Caribbean music and theming as well as Mount Gay Rum cocktails.

Portland Port – superyacht hotspot for the 2012 Olympic Games

March 12, 2012

Portland, the host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing races, is set to become one of the hotspots for superyachts this summer with several deep water berths and anchorages available during the event. Portland Port, situated at the end of a peninsula off the Dorset coast, has teamed up with superyacht concierge service MGMT to provide a bespoke service for superyachts setting sail for the 2012 Olympics.

Portland port

Portland port

The Olympic sailing takes place directly after the Superyacht Cup Race in Cowes.  By basing the yachts at Portland, owners and charterers heading for stadium events in the capital can now get round the problem of Thames River height restrictions, thanks to helicopter transfers from Dorset into the heart of London.

Amanda Milner, Portland Port’s Commercial Sales Manager, said: ‘As some big sailing yachts are unable to cruise down the Thames, Portland would be a good location to use as a base.  Yacht owners and their guests who wish to be in London for the 2012 Olympic Games will be able to leave their yachts at Portland Harbour, and take a helicopter transfer directly into the heart of London, where the stadium events will be held.’

Latest Olympic Map

Latest Olympic Map

MGMT Director Mark Upton said: ‘From July, the River Thames and its surrounding waterways will welcome the largest number of superyachts ever witnessed to the capital at any one time.

‘Due to partnerships with innovative companies like Portland Port, MGMT is able to offer the ultimate luxury packages including transport to and from Olympic events, in order to ensure our clients really do have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Portland Port, which has multiple deep water berths suitable for vessels over 24m LOA, is also perfectly placed as a stop-over destination between Falmouth, the Solent and the Isle of Wight, for superyachts participating in the 2012 Regatta circuit.

Superyacht builder Sunseeker International operates a facility just a stone’s throw away from the Port. Portland Port can also arrange bunkering, skilled marine engineers, coded aluminium and steel welders, electricians and machinists, joiners and carpenters, fibreglass and hydraulic repairs, high pressure washing and diving specialists, shoreside power and fresh water.

The pretty, traditional seaside town of Weymouth is only 15 minutes away. Amanda added: ‘If you or your family or friends want to come ashore, then Portland Port can act as a gateway to the South West.  Visitors can take the time to explore the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bath, Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast.’

Sail 4 Cancer Charity as Official Partner for Cowes Superyacht Cup 2012

March 01, 2012

Cancer respite and sailing charity, Sail 4 Cancer, has been chosen as Official Partner for the Cowes Superyacht Cup regatta, taking place from 22 to 25 July, 2012. Organised in partnership with the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Superyacht Cup Cowes is a four-day event, which includes sailing in the waters of the Solent and around the Isle of Wight. The Superyacht Cup Palma regatta will take place a month before in Palma, Mallorca from 20-23 June, 2012.

S4C LOGO

“We are honoured to be selected as the official charity for this very prestigious event which is coming to the UK for the first time. The event will enable us to raise much-need funds for cancer-affected families on our waiting list. Each year we can only help 1 in 6 of the families who apply to us for respite breaks but this partnership will enable us to help more this year. We are simply delighted and know that sailors and non-sailors alike will enjoy watching these magnificent yachts compete”, remarked Lizette van Niekerk, Fundraising Manager for Sail 4 Cancer.

James Pleasance, Event Director for the Superyacht Cup commented “Each year at our Palma edition of the Superyacht Cup, participants of the regatta have generously helped raise money for a local charity – the Joves Navegants Foundation which promotes a Youth Sail Training Scheme for underprivileged children in the Balearic Islands. For our first ever UK edition of the regatta, we are very pleased to be working alongside Sail 4 Cancer in a similar way to help raise funds for the valuable support they provide to families and individuals affected by cancer”.

Sail 4 Cancer sponsors more than 400 people each year to get away from the stress of living with cancer. Its main aim is to improve the quality of life for those living with cancer. This is achieved mainly through the provision of respite opportunities for cancer patients, their families and those who have been recently bereaved through cancer. Since its inception in 2001 Sail 4 Cancer has provided opportunities for more than 2000 cancer patients and their families.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrated in Cowes, UK with Boat & Leisure Festival June 4-5, 2012

February 20, 2012

Organisers of the British Leisure Show have revealed plans for an encouraging FREE to attend Boat & Leisure Festival held in Cowes, Isle of Wight, over the Jubilee bank holiday on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June 2012. This interesting event is created to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will offer live music, hospitality as well as a great display of British yachts and outdoor leisure activities.

James BrookeFestival Director, seals the Cowes Fest deal with Cowes Yacht Haven’s Managing Director, Jon Pridham Photo by H. Thornycroft

James Brooke, Festival Director, seals the Cowes Fest deal with Cowes Yacht Haven’s Managing Director, Jon Pridham Photo by H. Thornycroft

Internationally recognised as the home of world yachting, Cowes has been selected to host the Boat and Leisure Festival for a two-day extravaganza over the extended Jubilee bank holiday period.

James Brooke, Festival Director, commented, “We’re really excited to be celebrating such an historic occasion and delighted to be working closely with the Cowes community to make this memorable family event a great success.”

“We have previously organised major events at the Royal Windsor Racecourse and Earls Court and, for me, Cowes has to be the venue for such an occasion, given its historic links with our monarchy. It’s a perfect venue for an overtly British-themed event, and we’re proud that Cowes will be one of the most exciting places in the country to be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

James Brooke is keen to get the marine industry to play its part adding, “This new event provides an exciting opportunity to generate additional revenue for companies trading within the marine industry as well as to play a part in making history. The Festival is being held at the home of world yachting, at the start of the Summer and the boating season.”

Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes, UK to redevelop Sugar Store warehouse

February 20, 2012

Cowes Harbour Commission has agreed on a major redevelopment of the existing “Sugar Store” on the north side of Shepards Wharf Marina, located in Cowes on the UK´s Isle of Wight. It is expected that this new redevelopment will add to the existing facilities at Shepards Wharf Marina new workshop units and office space for local businesses as well as a new bar/restaurant.

Shepards Wharf Marina during the 2010 Cowes Week

Shepards Wharf Marina during the 2010 Cowes Week

The redeveloped Sugar Store is supposed to create new business opportunities in the marine sector and to improve existing marina facilities for the profit of both marina users as well as the local economy. The redeveloped Sugar store is expected to be multi-use.

Shepards Wharf Marina Plans

Shepards Wharf Marina Plans

J Class Regatta 2012

January 17, 2012

The J Class Association is happy to announce outline plans for a series of amazing yacht regattas in England during 2012 – the Olympic Year. This will be the first time in history that more than four of these excellent yachts will compete together in a fleet.

J-Class-2012-Regatta

The outline plan has received a positive response from J Class owners and event planning is now proceeding. Many yachts in the fleet are now preparing to be on the start line for these 2012 events.

FALMOUTH

The first regatta will be based in Falmouth, Cornwall, hosted by the The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Races will be held in the bay and along the coastline.

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

SOLENT
The second regatta will be based in the Solent, hosted by the The Royal Southampton Yacht Club (RSYC). The Solent is the traditional home of J Class racing in the UK during the 1930s.

Solent, UK

Solent, UK

ROUND THE ISLAND
The last race, again hosted by RSYC will be held over the original course around the Isle of Wight, for the 1851 Hundred Guinea Cup Race, which is now known as the “America’s Cup”.

The Isle of Wight, UK

The Isle of Wight, UK

These J Class events will attract many thousands of spectators. There are numerous headlands and vantage points close to the race courses for viewing this spectacular fleet.

POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS

Nine is probably a dream too far, but five yachts sailing together would be magnificent.

An event of this magnitude could have a profound effect on yacht racing worldwide.

37m charter yacht SHAMROCK V – Sir Thomas Lipton’s last yacht to compete for the America’s Cup. 1930

37m luxury charter yacht SHAMROCK V

37m luxury charter yacht SHAMROCK V

39m sailing yacht VELSHEDA – Built by W.Stephenson to compete alongside Endeavour. 1933

39m sailing yacht VELSHEDA

39m sailing yacht VELSHEDA

130´ charter yacht ENDEAVOUR – T.O.M Sopwith’s first America’s Cup challenger. 1934

130´ luxury charter yacht Endeavour

130´ luxury charter yacht Endeavour

41.55m charter yacht RANGER – Replica of H. Vanderbildt’s 1936 America’s Cup defender. 2002

41.55m luxury charter yacht Ranger

41.55m luxury charter yacht Ranger

42m super yacht HANUMAN – Replica of T.O.M. Sopwith’s second challenger Endeavour II. 2009

Sailing yacht HANUMAN in Newport - Photo Credit George Bekris

Sailing yacht HANUMAN in Newport - Photo Credit George Bekris

43m luxury yacht LIONHEART – An original build of a 1936 Ranger design. 2010

Super yacht Lionheart

Super yacht Lionheart

40m sailing yacht RAINBOW – Replica of Rainbow built in 1934 to defend the America’s Cup. 2011

Sailing yacht RAINBOW

Sailing yacht RAINBOW

41.50 SVEA superyacht – An original build of a 1937 Swedish design by Tore Holm. 2011

Sailing yacht SVEA

Sailing yacht SVEA

47m super yacht ATLANTIS – An original build of a 1936 Frank Paine design. 2011

Sailing yacht ATLANTIS

Sailing yacht ATLANTIS