The Needles - Round The Island Race

Tom’s memorable charter of 2014

Tom Myatt skippers for Solent Rib Charter in his spare time when not working at The Teambuilding Company

This year for J.P. Morgan Round The Island Race Tom skippered a Rib supporting a sailing team taking part. Not quite as action packed as previous years, the 2014 race was more tactical with light air presenting challenging conditions whist circumnavigating round the Isle of Wight.

‘I was supporting a class 40 in this years’ race. Normally a racing boat with a top speed of around 20 knots in good wind – however with no wind we found ourselves pootling around the south side of the Isle of Wight at 6 knots! Off St Katherine’s Point we stumbled upon this guy – an 80cm span Barrel Jellyfish! 


Tom eventually got around the Island in just over 11 hours, gaining a slightly better suntan along the way and a few sailing tips from the owner of the class 40 yacht. 

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