Trafalgar Wharf’s Operations Manager, Simon Oatley completed this years’ Round the Island Race in ” Grand Slam”, a 37 foot Grand Soleil and stormed to a 1st in Class (Class 2A) and a fantastic top 50 spot overall, crossing the line in 48th position.
This year’s Round the Island race has been described as one of the most successful on record, with good weather and close racing. Most of the 1700 boats finished before sunset and the monohull ICAP Leopard was the first monohull to finish, with Nordic folkboat “Nordic Bear” taking the Gold Roman Bowl.
Ben Ainslie, Shirley Robertson and Paul Goodison – all Olympic Gold medallists, all sailing stars and were all in Cowes for the race. Ben, Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor of all time with three Gold medals to his name, was racing on board J.P. Morgan Asset Management Prince’s Trust, a Ker 46, with a group of young ambassadors from the Trust who have been through their ‘Get into Maritime’ programme and are now working in the industry. Shirley skippered Team Volvo for Life 1 John Merricks, a TP52. Shirley won consecutive Gold medals in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Paul Goodison is the current Olympic, World, European and British Laser champion. Paul was on the VO60, Team Volvo for Life 2.