2nd and 3rd Places in Class for Southerlys in Round the Island Race 2010

2nd and 3rd Places in Class for Southerlys in Round the Island Race 2010

19th June, 2010

Everyone is celebrating this year's Race as being one of the most successful on record. Not only did the weather gods play fair, the racing was extremely close throughout the day proven by the tight finishes in most classes and the competitors came ashore happy and proud of their efforts whether first in class or trailing the fleet.

For once, most of the boats finished before sunset and in a fleet of nearly 1700 boats.

8 Southerlys entered this year's race, and congratulations go to 'SUB ZERO' Southerly 38, skipper by Tim Wright, who came 2nd in class and 52nd overall, and 'ISABEL' Southerly 42RST, skippered by Phil Wilson, who came 3rd in class.

RESULTS: Place Time Class Boat Name Model Skipper 2nd 7:52:06 7C SubZero S38 Tim Wright 3rd 7:58:58 7A Isabel S42RST Phil Wilson 7th 8:11:08 7D Two Tribes S110 Dom McKay 8th 8:13:01 7C Summertime S110 Geoff Gray 22nd 8:13:22 8B Showtime S115 John Ballinger 28th 8:56:47 8B Southern Comfort S42RST John Parker 35th 8:23:21 7D Gernee S100 Mike Flint 35th 8:59:28 7D Aurora S110 Andrew Scott-Brown Skipper of Southerly 38 Sub Zero, Tim Wright comments... "I have to say I was rather surprised. The crew were just a bunch of friends of which only one has any real sailing experience.

The football was so lousy the night before that Nick and I, whilst anchored at Osborne Bay, looked at the tides and northerly airflow and decided that a more offshore route south of the island would be preferable.

The start went very well, we had just finished our bacon rolls put the coffee down and were through the start within a few seconds of the gun. The gennaker worked sweetly and we were leaving everything behind, it was very bizarre. We were luffed on the easterly leg by several big Beneteaus pushing inland and noticed that we soon were well ahead of them.

We had two crew on the main sheet, one on the Genoa. I helmed till St Catherines and then Nick took over till we reached Ryde sands.

Sub Zero performed amazingly, at each gust boats all around us began to round up and snake all over the course. Sub Zero just leant over a few more degrees and went faster.

All in all we had a great day out. We had no idea about our position until we received a text from Aurora (Andrew Scott Brown) congratulating us.

Thanks for building such a brilliant boat and looking after us so well!

Timmy

PS I think we beat the BP man!"