BP chief spotted at Round-Island race

By Martin Neville

Saturday, June 19, 2010


BP chief spotted at Round-Island race

The 1933 J-Class Velsheda is provisional winner in IRC Class 0.


UNDER-FIRE BP chief executive Tony Hayward was spotted at Saturday's Round the Island Race, causing further outrage in the wake of the American oil spill.

A spokesman said Mr Hayward took a break from overseeing BP efforts to stem the undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico to watch his boat, Bob, take part in the event in "a rare moment of private time".

However, Greenpeace said his actions were "rubbing salt into the wounds" of people whose communities are affected by the catastrophe.

NORDIC Bear sailed away with the Gold Roman Bowl, the top prize in the JP Morgan Asset Management-sponsored race.

The Nordic folkboat is owned and raced by Brian Appleyard from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Francis Joyon’s IDEC claimed outright line honours this morning as first multihull home in 04. 24.05 and first monohull ICAP Leopard completed her lap of the Island half an hour later (05.0.06).

In IRC 0, the exquisite, 1933 built J-class yacht Velsheda is the provisional winner, with triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie second onboard J.P. Morgan Asset Management Prince’s Trust, and the Swan Desperado in third.

First overall in IRC1 is Willem Wester’s Grand Soleil 43 Antilope, ahead of the J/122 Jinja and Incognito. Antilope also heads up the IRC1A division, Incognito tops IRC1C, while IRC1B is led by Andy Iyer’s Beneteau First 40.7 Portia.

David Mcleman’s J/109 leads IRC2 and division 2B overall, with the Grand Soleil 37 Grand Slam topping IRC2A, the well travelled Dutch entry Winsome leading IRC2C, and Dave Cooke’s Sigma 38 Monet first in IRC2D.

The first home of the ISC-rated boats was the Bordeaux 60 Osprey of Nickolas Imregi, which also provisionally leads the ISC4 fleet on corrected time.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

Video courtesy of J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Video by Christian Beasley - www.virtuallywight.co.uk

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