Round the Island and other news

14 QT's took part in the Round the Island race on 20 June - with a 3rd overall in IRC and Elephant Boatyard  Trophy for the first Quarter Tonner going to Scallywag, a Waarship  owned by Steve Lawrence.   Congratulations to them.The IRC group 3 team prize went to the three Quarter Tonners, Bullet, Menace and Espada. 

Bullet and Espada had a great battle and sparred all the way round the island, with Espada
leading to the Needles, Bullet showing them the way to Bembridge and then Espada taking
over from Bembridge to the Finish.  A great race.Several boats didn't make the annual 
pilgrimage round the island as they were out  of the  water and getting ready to go to Kinsale for the Sovereign's Cup. These included  Ayanami,  who I don't think has missed this race in 28 years, Anchor Challenge,  Runaway Bus, Odd Job,  Diamond and Aguila.  Only Espada decided to do both  races but it did necessite getting the  boat out of the water at 8pm immediately  after finishing the Round the Island.  7 boats then travelled to Kinsale in Southern Ireland where we were met by Ian Travers, the  owner of the Bolero, Bandit, who did an absolute sterling  job in organising our participation,  from launching, berthing, parties down  to prizes.  As usual though it was the Irish who did the most partying....

What a great spot, a great regatta and a definite must on the QT calender for the next event in 2011. 18 QT's raced together in big Atlantic swells and  under the very pretty cliff coastline.

There is now frantic activity in preparation for the Quarter Ton Cup which starts with registration and a Welcome Drinks Party on 15th July.   Rupert Holmes on Minestrone was seen mastless in the Medina River hoping to pick up an spare Etchells mast so I know he has a lot to do to make it to the start line.   Purple Haze is now sporting a new rig with swept aft spreaders (amazing....!) and a few boats are still to be finished. ASAP has yet to be finished and yet to enter but they say they are coming....  Hazard, Shamu and Murphy's Law are coming down from Blackpool and Fleetwood. We welcome 45 Deg South sailing over from France next week and Manzanita is trailing over from Ireland.  Merlin and Illegal  Immigrant are both new to the fleet, and we look forward to seeing you all out there.   See you then......  Up to date list of entries can be found on RCYC website.