David Dimbleby will fire the starting cannon & compete in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

 The Island Sailing Club and J.P. Morgan Asset Management are delighted to announce that the BBC TV commentator and presenter of BBC’s long-running programme ‘Question Time’ since January 1994, will fire the 0630 first start gun from the Royal Yacht Squadron Platform.


As well as undertaking this duty he will also compete in the 2014 event which takes place on Saturday 21st June and also attend the pre-Race Press Conference to officially launch the Race weekend.


David has previously taken part in the Round the Island Race in the 1960s, on a SCOD, but spent the first half of the race in the cabin being ill as they went through what the Times later referred to as ‘Atlantic seas off Hurst’! These days he doe

More about David Dimbleby: He was born in 1938 and educated at Glengorse School, Battle, and Charterhouse. He learned French in Paris and Italian at Perugia, and studied politics, philosophy and economics at Christ Church, Oxford.

David joined the BBC as a news reporter in Bristol after leaving university and appeared in network programmes from 1962. He has presented the BBC’s General Election programmes since 1979 as well as US presidential election programmes and Budget coverage.

During his BBC career he has presented Panorama, 24 Hours, People and Power, The Dimbleby Talk-In and This Week Next Week. He wrote and presented the award-winning TV series The White Tribe of Africa and An Ocean Apart.

More recently he presented A Picture of Britain, How We Built Britain, and Seven Ages of Britain as well as commentating for a wide range of special outside broadcast events including the State Opening of Parliament, Trooping the Colour and BBC’s programmes to mark the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners for 2014: Dream Yacht Charter, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel and Volvo Car UK.