Saturday, 20 June 2009

RTI 2009: Extreme 40s - Ainslie Leads down Solent, but Coutts rounds Needles first

The Round the Island race course (anticlockwise from Cowes and back to Cowes), with landmarks mentioned in the reports. Image copyright Round the Island Race.

by Flavia Bateson and SailRaceWin

Light conditions are prevailing for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. In 8 knots of wind, Ben Ainslie on the Extreme 40 JPMorgan Asset Management/TEAMORIGIN was producing a boat speed of 12 knots.

At 0830 BST ICAP Leopard was off Fort Victoria in Hurst Narrows, heading for The Needles. She had a crew member up the mast astride the spreaders checking for the breeze. BT (Open 60 - Sebastien Josse/Ellen MacArthur) continued in second place with Liara (Tony Todd - Performance Yachts 100) third followed by Atomic.

At the Needles, ICAP Leopard rounded first at 0900 BST. Team Aqua, with Russell Coutts on board, was the first Extreme 40 to round.

JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2009

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