A day to remember to your grandchildren

Ed Gorman watched events unfold in the 150th anniversary of the America's Cup round the island race

Tuesday August 21st 2001, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom

The UBS Jubilee Race Around the Island was another of those days which all of us who were lucky enough to be present to watch or take part in will never forget. After the division of classes into separate courses for the first two days of the Jubilee Regatta, the re-enactment of the 1851 round the island race for the Hundred Guinea Cup saw 201 boats racing on the same course.

In a staggered start sequence spread over an hour and 40 minutes, some of the most beautiful and most powerful yachts in existence set sail into the eastern Solent in sparkling conditions and into a light to moderate south-southeasterly which took them smartly down to No Man's Land Fort and then to a specially-positioned Nab Light Vessel which was to be left to starboard.

As has been the case throughout the Jubilee regatta, there were so many remarkable boats to consider that it quickly became hard to know what to watch. The presence of so many enormous boats - the J-Class and the big schooners, Shenandoah and Mariette, for example - tended to make the smaller yachts up to say, 70ft, seem almost inconsequential.

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