Round Britain & Ireland Yacht Race 2018
Absolutely nothing to do with gardening but I know some of you take an interest in sailing, the sea and boats. So some pics and info to bore you all with.
The RB&I Yacht Race was started in 1966 and is run every 4 years by the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth, (staggered with the OSTAR transatlantic single handed, which the RWYC also run). Despite having enforced 48hour stop overs in 4 places, it is real test of skill and endurance. The course is approximately 2,000 Nautical Miles and is open to any yacht with 2 skippers, that have completed the necessary qualifying sailing and certification. In addition there are safety requirements for both the boat and skippers. Often yacht racing course are complicated, after clearing the start line and rounding Eddystone Lighthouse, the instructions for the RB&I are to “Leave Britain, Ireland and all their islands to Starboard. The only exceptions are the Channel Islands and Rockall. There are 5 legs to the race, with 4 x 48hr stopovers.
- Plymouth to Kinsale
- Kinsale to Barra (Castle Bay)
- Barra to Lerwick
- Lerwick to Lowestoft
- Lowestoft to Plymouth (the finish).
The Course and the 4 stopover ports.
My OH (Andy) and his mate Geoff have know each other for over 40 years and have done some serious sailing, both together and separately, so when Geoff asked him to co-skipper this difficult race with him Andy jumped at the chance. Geoff’s boat is called Wind of Lorne II, she is a Saltram 36, an excellent ocean going yacht, though sadly, as a long keeler and more traditionally shaped boat, she is the heaviest in the fleet, so the more modern lighter boats will be much faster, especially in the lighter airs they have had since the start on Sunday.
Wind of Lorne II
However, the heavier winds and sea on the west coast of Ireland and Scotland will suit the boat better. Though they certainly didn’t hold back at the start, I knew I could rely on Andy to be up “mixing it” on the start line and indeed they were, starting within seconds of the gun in 3rd or 4th place.
This is them on the right with the pink and green cruising chute. The main boat in the photo is “Chione” a Grand Soleil 43.
There were 18 entries to the race and 16 started, not very many but I guess that shows how arduous it is.
Andy at the helm, pre-start
Geoff, a previous photo.
Each leg of the race can take between 2 – 6 days, depending on the length of the leg, the wind and sea conditions and on the boat. There are 5 Multihulls (a tri-maran & 4 catamarans), which will be very fast and are in a different fleet to the mono hulls. But the boat finish time is “corrected” with an international handicapping system, which makes it a lot fairer – and a lot more competitive.
Presently they are about 16nm off the finish line at Kinsale, doing about 5 knots, so should finish in the next 3(ish) hours. I’ll add more when I know how they are doing.
Anyone interested there is lots more info about the race on the RWYC site: http://rwyc.brandlabdesign.co.uk/rbandi/
and on the history here: http://rwyc.org/club-history/rbi-history/
I’m following the race on the RWYC tracker accessed here if anyone wants a nosey:
Finally, in case the guys get round to looking at this, would just like to say Happy Birthday Geoff, finishing the 1st leg of a race is a great way to celebrate your 70th, just hope Andy finds that bottle of Champagne we sneaked on board.