Champagne sailing is certainly the best way to describe the Round the Island Race which was held last Saturday. Beautiful sunshine, with a 12 kt breeze from the South West and a filling tide, made for excellent racing conditions.
The race officer, Billy Duane, and his team on ‘Adriele’ set the course with the start line at No. 8, and a beat to Cage against the tide. Boats tacking early to work the right made gains on the bank. An ease of the sails with a reach to No. 5 saw the fleet bunch as the breeze softened.
The long run, with spinnakers and white sails goose winged, took the fleet on their course around Spike Island.
On rounding the Spike jetty, the sailors were back on the wind, close hauled, on a beat to No. 10 and on to Cage.
The finish line was set up off the club marina and the tide and wind obliged for a delightful fetch to finish off a great day’s racing.
The Prizegiving and Trophy presentation were made in the clubhouse after the race.
The winner of the Trophy was Coracle IV. See full results here