Couple join world’s biggest yacht race

The Laura Louise
The Laura Louise

A Northampton couple are taking to the water to sail one of the 1,700 boats competing in one of Britain’s largest participation sporting events of 2015, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

Steve and Clare Miller and their crew of ‘Laura Louise’ will be joining 16,000 sailors set to master one of the world’s largest yacht races on Saturday June 27.

Clare and Steve who are keen sailors have sailed over 8,000 miles together on their own boat, all over the channel and chartered as far away as Australia. Joining Steve in the iconic Race will be two friends from Steve’s university days.

The Yacht, which was bought at the start of last season, has yet to be raced and the team view the race as the perfect opportunity to put her to the test.

Ahead of the Race Steve explained; “We are really looking forward to the Race, as the new boat (Laura Louise) is quite a bit faster than the last one on all points of sail and so it will be really exciting to see how far up the fleet we can finish.

“We don’t think for a minute we are going to be drinking other than our own champagne out of our own silverware at the end, but the thrill of the race is that there is always another boat nearby to race.”

The famous 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight is now in its 84th year and is organised by the Island Sailing Club.