An exciting weekend’s racing for ITL round the Isle of Wight ended in dramatic fashion when one of company’s yachts Ruff and Reddy was pulled short only 200m from the finishing line after a minor collision with another boat.
ITL fielded two teams Ruff and Reddy and Adelaide Star, in a lively and memorable days racing in the 81st Round the Island Race, this year attracting an entry of 1,647 boats across 25 classes.
The annual one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England, is one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
ITL staff are regular participants in the Race.
After 80 Kilometers of hard racing, Ruff and Reddy was in the top twenty per cent at the front of the field and well over an hour ahead of the corporate competition when she collided with another competitor in the congestions just 200 metres short from the finish line. Although damage was light, unfortunately the yacht’s life raft deployed and inflated upside down in the water, effectively stopping the boat from making forward progress. Forced to use engine to resolve the situation, Ruff and Reddy was obliged to retire from the race.
“It was lousy luck because we were doing so well,” reports ITL managing director Adrian Lockwood, and skipper of Ruff And Reddy.
Adelaide Star’s crew led by ITL sales director Dave Johnson successfully completed the race in gentle style, and both crews enjoyed a post race BBQ party in Cowes. “Poetic justice”, comments Dave, “They should not have laughed at us last year when we had a similar small incident early on in the race resulting in a protest!”.
Still both skippers agreed that there is always next year…