See stunning pictures from this year's Round the Island Race off Cowes
Blessed with sunshine and strong winds, conditions for Saturday’s Round the Island Race 2015 were near perfect for the 1,500 boats that took part.
Setting off from Cowes in the morning all of the 1389 boats that finished were across the line before the scheduled 10pm cut off, with only 104 retirements and 11 OCS/DSQ out of the initial 1,584 entries.
Scenes from this year’s event couldn’t have been more different to 2014, when the majority of the fleet were becalmed for hours due to lack of wind.
Island Sailing Club commodore Mark Wynter said said: “Year after year this unique race challenges all of us who are fortunate enough to compete regularly, and in so many different ways.
“The weather, the early starts, late finishes, fickle winds, tides, course obstacles, the vast numbers of boats, are all on the day’s exciting agenda and hundreds and hundreds keep coming back for more.
“The Round the Island Race is truly a highlight in the yachting calendar for everyone involved, from its title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management and the family of Race Partners, to the masses of wonderful race volunteers and the Race management team. Most of all, it’s about inviting you to be a part of it.”
The 84th edition of the race also saw RTI TV being streamed to a global audience.
Television coverage of the race was significantly extended to include commentated coverage of the starts and early finishes, with the programme being broadcast on EventTV in Cowes, at two race hubs in Hamble and Lymington and on the official race website.
Winners from race were presented with their trophies by Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas at the prizegiving event.