A crew of keen sailors including retired RAF and Canadian Navy personnel will be among the 1,600 boats competing in one of Britain’s largest participation sporting events of 2016, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday 2 July. Skipper Mike Lakey and his three-strong crew of ‘Melody’, will join some 16,000 sailors set to master one of the world’s largest yacht races, also referred to as ‘Britain’s favourite yacht Race’.
After the race, the Brixham-based crew will embark on a voyage around Britain, sailing anti-clockwise via the north of Scotland before arriving home in Devon. The crew are making a donation to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the official race charity, as both skipper Mike and crew member John have personal experience of cancer.
Ahead of the race, skipper Mike Lakey said: “‘Melody’ competed in 2010 (again as part of a Round Britain voyage) and did quite well. Entering again in 2014 we were becalmed off St Catherine’s Point and failed to finish, In 2015 we had a fantastic race and did very well, but at our 4th attempt this year we hope to do even better!”
Lakey, a member of Brixham Yacht Club, will be joined by crew members John Pirquet, and Bob Heath and Debs Hudson. John is ex-Canadian Navy and is a keen yachtsman with his own boat in Victoria. Bob Heath is an experienced dinghy and yacht sailor. Debs Hudson once sailed with the Round the World Clipper Race Southampton to Rio. Mike himself is ex RAF and has sailed for many years both in service yachts and his own yacht ‘Melody’.
The famous 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight, now in its 85th year and organised by the Island Sailing Club, is an all-encompassing event. The unique ‘Race for All’ ethos caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level. That same ‘Race for All’ ethos is supported through the Official Charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust where over £226,000 has been raised through its association with the Race to date.Follow