A breezy start to this year's Round the island Race gusting up to 30 knots down by the Needles.
This was the tail end of the fleet beating out through the Hurst narrows, still with a fair tide around 11.00 this morning, while some of the fast boats had already finished.
Readers who have been following this blog for some time may recall Black Diamond a Jack Holt designed Yachting World Diamond, skipper Greg Dunn and crew trailed Black Diamond down to the Solent for the event to enter the race, play some music along the way and rasie money for the RNLI - see Greg's website Sailing with Accordians - good luck to them today.
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