The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, will take place on Saturday 20 June with a total entry of 1,779 boats.
‘Professional and Olympic sailors line up with family cruisers, sportsboats, classic yachts and one designs, in Britain’s most popular sailing area. Top of the ratings IRC0 is headed by current race record holder Mike Slade’s 30m super maxi ICAP Leopard. The crew comprises Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and Admiral’s Cup sailors headed by Mike Slade’s professional boat captain of 18 years, Chris Sherlock.Tony Todd’s Performance Yachts 100 Liara is the new kid on the block. Built by Southern Ocean Marine to a Dixon Yacht Design, she was launched in New Zealand in February 2009. Skipper Ross Appleby, a graduate from Southampton University, has taken Tony Todd’s previous yachts to success in the ARC, Guadeloupe to Antigua Race and Nelson’s Pursuit Race. Given Liara’s 5m draft, Ross will be denied some traditional tide cheating manoeuvres, presenting an interesting challenge. On handicap, ICAP Leopard is rated 25% higher than Liara, so if Leopard finishes the race in four hours Liara can finish in five and still beat her.