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Round the Island Race hailed as success

Tue 28 Jun 2011

Round the Island Race hailed as success

The organisers behind a major Isle of Wight event have hailed it as a success.

Dave Atkinson, assistant principal race officer of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, stated that he has been given a lot of compliments about how it was run.

"We're looking forward to welcoming competitors in 2012 for another record-breaking year," he said.

Thousands of sailors - including the triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie - headed to the Isle of Wight to take part in the Round the Island Race, with Nick Rogers taking the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for the best corrected time.

Some 1,302 vessels managed to complete the Isle of Wight, while there were 438 retirements and a further handful of boats were disqualified.

French skipper Lionel Lemonchois was the first across the line, completing the course in a time of just under four hours.

Next year, the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will be held on June 30th.

Posted by Steph White ADNFCR-3083-ID-800601477-ADNFCR

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