Current record holders take line honours

The exquisite J Class yacht Velsheda. Photo: onEdition

The exquisite J Class yacht Velsheda. Photo: onEdition

First published in Round the Island Race

The two existing course record holders in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have again triumphed today as IDEC, the multihull driven by Francis Joyon crossed the finish line at 09.34.05 - so her rounding was in 04.24.05 (her course record still stands at 3.08.29). She was closely followed by the four Extreme 40s led by Oman Sail, The Wave Muscat 09.37.33, then Oman Sail Masirah 09.37.57, Team Metherell 09.44.10 and then Ecover at 09.48.45.

ICAP Leopard crossed 10.10.06 so her rounding was in 05.0.06, way outside her record of 3.53.05.

The exquisite J Class yacht Velsheda finished at 10.45.02. She started at 5am this morning. Built in 1933 in Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport, Velsheda is the most famous of the few remaining J Class yachts left in the world today.

Over a quarter of this year’s fleet is registered for the new tracking system which allows anyone logged onto the Race Viewer to track up to ten yachts competing in this year’s race.

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