Round the Island Race 2017

11 Contessa 26s entered the race this year. An excellent turn out. Conditions were pleasant and it was an unusually straightforward sail in a predominantly North to north west wind ranging from 8 to 16 kts but with some meaningful holes on the south and east sides of the island with the wind eventually settling late afternoon from the west. This enabled the fleet to reach and run as far as Bembridge Ledge and to return from there to Cowes on the wind.
These conditions tended to favour larger and longer waterline boats, but as usual there were some respectable Co 26  class and O/A finishing places achieved.

In the IRC section they were:

High Potential    4th in class (and 25th O/A and winner of the Jeremy Rogers Trophy)
Meow                 11th in class
Elinor                 15th in class
Concession        21st in class
Dark Horse         23rd in class.

ISC section:

Jiminy Cricket    6th in class (and 11th O/A and winner of the David Sadler Trophy) 
Quincy               9th in class
Bijou                  11th in class
La Mouette        18th in class
Red Dragon       22nd in class
Tatjana              32nd in class
Nimue                Dns.

It was a great pleasure to see Kurt Brewee who sailed Bijou over again from the Netherlands for the race and did well. Another long distance entrant welcomed to the race was Dino Castro who brought Dark Horse over for the race."