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Entries open for Isle of Wight sailing competition

Wed 9 Jan 2013

Entries open for Isle of Wight sailing competition

Registration has opened for this year's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race regatta, which will see thousands of sailors battle it out to be crowned Isle of Wight champion in 2013.

This year's inaugural entrant has already been quick to sign, with 47-year-old Stuart Palmer of Teignmouth in Devon to take to the waves for the first time year, although he will be accompanied by veteran crew members Julian Weyer Brown - winner of the Family Class in 2006 - and Mathew Owen.

It will be the 82nd annual Round the Island Race this year, with the event to officially get underway on Saturday June 1st and all those keen to enter have until midnight on February 2nd to do so. It is expected that this year's event will attract upwards of 1,700 vessels and 16,000 sailors.

"We race at our home club and at the Torbay Regatta but the Round the Island Race is the biggest event for us to compete in. Even the delivery trip from Devon is a big adventure," commented Mr Palmer.

"During 2012 we achieved 2nd in the Cruiser Class at Torbay Week and won 'Fleet 2' at our local club, Teign Corinthian Yacht Club. We consider these very good results given the age of the boat and third-hand sails!"

The existing course records for the race currently stand at 3 hrs 53 mins 05 secs for a monohull and 3 hrs 08 mins 29 secs for a multihull - set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2008 and Francis Joyon in 2001 aboard Dexia Eure et Loire respectively.

It remains to be seen whether the competitors will come close to these times in 2013, but what is for certain is that the race will be extremely exciting and not one to miss for fans of nautical sports this year.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801519522-ADNFCR

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