Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2008

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2008

Shirley and her crew onboard J.P.Morgan Asset Management Extreme 40 finished second in their class today at the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.  With a record fleet competing of 1875 boats, Shirley and her crew lined up against five Extreme 40′s including fellow Trust patron Ellen MacArthur on BT.

Weather conditions at the start were challenging, with 15-20 knots of wind from the south-west. Shirley was in the second start at 0610 with as she fought for position on the start line with the a multihull fleet.

ORIGIN had the best start off the line and the battle for the lead kicked off from there as J.P.Morgan Asset Management, ORIGIN and BT swapped for pole position up to the Needles.  BT was forced to retire at the Needles due to a broken halyard.

Sailing along the back of the Island was fraught as conditions continued to hold, and a choppy sea state proved testing for many boats in the fleet.

“It was a fantastic race,” commented Shirley at the finish. “The conditions out there certainly threw us some challenges, with some close calls near St. Catherines. It was a good competition with ORIGIN and it is frustrating not to take line honours, but we had a great time out there and it was amazing to see so many boats out there competing”.

Final results in the Extreme 40 class:

1) Team Origin – 3h  23m 50s
2) J.P.Morgan Asset Management – 3h 27m 31s
3) Team Aqua – 3h 32m 34s
4) Volvo Ocean Race – 4h 3m 20s