Bicester sailors take on Isle of Wight challenge

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Five racing sailors from Bicester and Great Moor Sailing Club took on the 82nd annual Round the Island Race, finishing 153rd out of 1,459 entrants and 14th in class.

The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight and 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.

The five Bicester sailors took on the 50-mile challenge in their 8M yacht named Bob, racing against the elite sailors from around the world, including four-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslee and Dame Ellen McArthur.

Captain Mark Attrill, from Bicester, planned the route, while Cameron Attrill, Barry Auger, Ken Murphy and Christian Perez made up the crew, working the winches and sitting out on the side to help balance to yacht and gain some extra speed. They came 153rd overall.