Lewis takes on Isle of Wight Island Race
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it 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.
Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.
Lewis was racing against some very famous people including Prince Harry and the some of the best sailors in the world including Dame Ellen McArthur and Sir Ben Ainslie. He was competing in a yacht called Floating Point, 10.8 meter long cruising yacht.
The weather in the race this year was challenging with wind speed approaching 40mph around the south coast of the Island. Several yachts issued requests for assistance and made emergency distress calls including one when a yacht called Alchemist sank in 17 metres of water just east of the Needles lighthouse.
Although it is one race, there are many classes of competitions within the race using two different handicap systems and many same class and other competitions.
This year 1533 entered, 994 finished, 308 retired and 17 were OCS or DSQ. This year was a record breaking year as a trimaran called PHAEDO^3 completed the course in 2:23:23 beating Sir Ben Ainslie previous record by 28 minutes set in 2013.
Lewis competed in the Island Sailing Club handicap competition and finished 11th in class 7C and also finished 2nd in the Raymarine Young Sailor Competition, missing first place by 2 minutes and 16 seconds in a 9 hour race.
Mr and Mrs Anderson.