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RTI - Puma Logic wins 1st in class!!

An impressive effort from Puma Logic saw them finish 1st in Division, 1st in Class and secure 10th place overall!

Regular Sailing Logic Skipper Tim Thubron was on the helm and was supported by Becki Walford on the foredeck. Becki used to sail on the Reflexes when she worked for Sir Robin Knox Johnston so she was delighted to have the opportunity to be back on board, and even more delighted to have Sir Robin present her with the Owen Parker Memorial trophy for winning IRC1!

In typical Sailing Logic style, the rest of the crew had never sailed together before the training day on Friday! For Sai, who only signed up a few days before the race after filling a cancellation place, this was the first time he had ever raced on a yacht before! Back ashore in Cowes he beamed “I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to racing! I had a brilliant time and it was a fantastic experience, although I have now realised how much more there is to learn, so I will be back with Sailing Logic again soon!”

The race was a particularly early start – 5.30am for IRC Class 1, but a stunning sunrise helped make it easier to bear.  The Round The Island race is always an incredible experience – to be on the water amongst 1500 other boats is an amazing sight. The race is actually the 4th largest sporting participation event after the London Marathon and Great North and South Runs. Whichever way you look there are sails as far as the eye can see!

This year, the race was blessed with fantastic weather and the Northerly breeze created record breaking conditions.  Ben Ainslie in his AC45 catamaran completed the 55 mile circuit in just 2h52 taking 15 minutes of the record which has stood for 12 years! ICAP Leopard broke it’s own monohull record with 3h 43minutes.

In the Sailing Logic fleet, Puma Logic completed the race in 6h29 to secure their incredible class victory. Another crew of Sailing Logic individuals were on yacht Talisman Logic and took 7 hours almost exactly, followed by our two crews from Linklaters Sailing Club.

Whilst the wind did come from the North as expected, it was a lot stronger than forecast and the beam reach out of the Solent was fast.  As the angles changed on the approach to the Needles, many boats hoisted their kites, but with gusts of upto 30knots and shifting wind angles, many boats struggled to stay in control, and broaches and cries of “Ease!!” were heard regularly!

Once around the Needles the angle to St Catherine’s point suited those with asymmetric kites, but was very close for those with symmetrics, and with the shifty wind some hoisted, others didn’t – and with the delays caused by broaching, it is hard to say which was the winning strategy. The final leg from Bembridge was into the tide, and as an upwind leg requiring tacking, seemed the slowest of all!

After a 7 hour race, it seemed somewhat surreal to be back and moored up before 1pm! The marina was buzzing all afternoon, with crews sat on board, relaxing in the sunshine and toasting their successful circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight!  

An amazing event, and a fantastic result for Puma Logic and crew, and for Sailing Logic in our first year as race partners! 

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