Saturday, 20 June 2009

RTI 2009: First Report at 0820 British Summer Time

Ben Ainslie, three-times Olympic gold medalist, Paul Bateman, JPMorgan Asset Management Chairman and Mike Sanderson, CEO Team Origin, onboard the Team Origin Extreme 40 on the Solent. Image copyright onEdition.

by Flavia Bateson

And they’re off. The first start of the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race got away on time at 0730 BST. ICAP Leopard led off the line hoisting her Code Zero straight away. Sebastien Josse and Ellen MacArthur were next in the Open 60 BT with Tony Todd’s Performance Yachts 100 Liara third. The J/133 Jeronimo was doing well on the Island side. Half an hour into the race ICAP Leopard had pulled away into a mile lead passing Newtown Creek.

Of the Extreme 40s JPMorgan Asset Management/TEAMORIGIN held the lead, helmed by Ben Ainslie, followed by Oman Sail. Team Aqua, with Russell Coutts on board, is about 100 metres behind these first two Extreme 40s.

The start sequence continues until 0910. The breeze has picked up from an initial 5 knots to 8 knots north-westerly.

JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2009

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