Competitors big and small line up for this summer's event
The 2007 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will be held on June 23 and is already attracting a wide variety of entries from 100 year old classic yachts to brand new racing machines, with boats ranging in size from 21 to 100 feet.
Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year Katie Miller,20, will be racing a small boat, but one that has already completed a successful voyage around Britain. Katie, a student at Southampton Solent University, will be joined on her 21 foot Corribee ‘Elektra’ by Daniel Monk, 18; the pair will be raising further funds for The Ellen MacArthur Trust.
Mike Slade is a regular competitor in the event; in the last decade he has broken the monohull record three times, in three different boats. Most recently he set the mark at 4 hours 5 minutes and 40 seconds sailing ‘Skandia Life Leopard’ in 2001. This year he will be entering his brand new 30 metre maxi ‘Leopard’. The Farr-designed yacht’s rig towers 154 feet above the water and is capable of carrying up to 15,000 square feet of sail.
Online entries for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race can
be made via the website www.roundtheisland.org.uk