Cloudy Bay has been announced as the Presenting Sponsor of the Round the Island Race ™ which is forthwith branded ‘The Round the Island Race ™ in association with Cloudy Bay’.
Robin Aisher, Admiral of the Island Sailing Club, who has been fortunate to have raced in almost all the RTI races since the end of war in Europe, when he enjoyed his first circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight, commented:
” We are all delighted with this new partnership and are looking forward to delivering the Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay on 1st July! It’s terrific to have you on board. There’s a steady level of entries already coming in and this very positive news, will, I’m sure, provide a further boost to our competitor numbers this year.“
Commenting for Cloudy Bay, Julie Nollet, Marketing Director of Möet Hennessy UK added:
“Cloudy Bay is delighted to be partnering with the Round the Island Race, not just for the excitement and adventure that the race is known for, but also for all the natural connections that happen around it. Whether on shore to see the yachts go by from a perfect vantage point or afloat with the crew, sharing stories and building friendships, these are the great moments.”
Cloudy Bay Brand Ambassador Ben Fogle will be competing in this year’s race on board the Farr 52 ‘Cloudy Bay’ and will also be the on-stage VIP guest at the pre-race press conference.
Cloudy Bay winery was established in 1985 by David Hohnen, the founder of Margaret River Winery, Cape Mentelle and was named after the bay on the eastern extremity of Marlborough, New Zealand.
2017 marks the 81st actual Round the Island Race & the 86th Anniversary of the first-ever Round the Island Race held in 1931 (no races were held during WW2).
2017 Race Day: Saturday 1st July
First start: 0530