|Overall Race Winner IDEC|
I am sailing - NOT! Now don't get me wrong - I don't have any problem at all with anyone who wants to play with sticks and rags and zig zag in peacetime! But give me a big outboard motor any day of the week (and twice at the weekend!).
I am not a sailor - you'd never guess - but I do like messing about on the water, usually in my RHIB 'Darwin' (Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat - you know, bit like one of those lifeboat things with tubes, only with a lot more style). But I do enjoy seeing those sailing types mess about at the annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race which circumnavigates the Isle of Wight (about 55 miles all the way round). But while it takes them anything between 4 hrs 24minutes 5seconds (fastest in 2010) and over 10 hours, I will do it in, well, about 2 hours if I stop to take some photos!
|Leading boats approach the finish line|
Seeing the race was all but over, and the following boats unlikely to catch the leader, I turned 'against the traffic' and set course for Bembridge to get some photos as the boats rounded the buoy.
|'Bob' and 'Team Volvo' vie for position|
A quick scan of my photos showed yes - there he was! So, a bit late to make the papers but I think I can call this my first paparazzi photo!!
|Tony Hayward (2nd from left) - or is it?!!|
Later it was disputed that he was actually on the boat.
But I know, cause I was there!