Michael Bradley entered his yacht Adarin in the race again this year hoping to improve on last year's result.
After a long hard trip against strong westerly winds he finally reached the River Medina and Island Yacht Harbour on Thursday 24th June ready to welcome his aged crew plus his own serving RNLI crew.
At 05.00 Saturday morning we prepared to lock out of the marina. Unlike 2010 the weather was cold and wet and not very inviting. The traffic began to build up off Cowes with a few boats coming back into the river; the reason for this became apparent once we had cleared the protection of the town.
The sheer number of boats plus the conditions made hoisting sails a task in itself, however with two reefs in the main and over half the head sail rolled away, orders were given to the crew member on the main sheet to concentrate and we made ready for our 07.20 start.
With a good start we settled down to the hard slog to the Needles. After Yarmouth the sea became more confused with wind over tide and gusting at times to 30 knots, the fleet converging made for early decisions on Mike's part "no last minute diving under the stern of the right of way boat". We had our only close call of the race here which showed how well the skipper coped.
The hope that once round the Needles things would calm down were soon dashed when one of those you know you are not going to climb over appeared, hitting the helm as hard as the rest of us, it even woke Martin and Bill up!
A few miles from St Catherine's the sight of an upturned Trimaran made it clear we could not relax; once round Bembrdge Ledge another Trimaran in the same position confirmed this.The leg to Ryde pier seemed to take forever with too many tacks at the Ryde Sands for the crew's liking.
After the pier and feeling we were getting into more sheltered waters the only broach that we lost control of happened, no harm done we headed for the line crossing at 15:53:39 placing Adarin 14th in her class of 49 boats and 216th O/A out of 1900+ entrants and 1,302 managing to cross the finishing line.
Well done Mike, Adarin and The Island Sailing Club.