LOCAL BOAT Eeyore, an Alacrity 18 bilge keeler from Cowes, laid claim to the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl, winning this year’s Round the Island Race after a long tactical day on the water.

With a crew of just three: skipper Joe Richards and his friends David Rickard and Duncan De Boltz, Eeyore was the smallest boat in the race.

A member of Gurnard Sailing Club and Cowes Corinthian, Joe Richards talks through his winning race: ‘We actually started at the opposite end of the line from the rest of the fleet which paid us reasonably well in the end. We got down to The Needles middle of the fleet and then there was almost no wind. We bounced off a couple of rocks on The Needles just for good measure and then, while it’s tempting to stay out of the tide, we thought ‘no’ we need to be strong minded and go out, because you always get a wind bend down off Freshwater and if you sail along under the cliffs it just leaves you in a hole eventually.’