“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1999 ‘On the Rampage’ Wins RTIR

by Richard Crockett

“Take a large portion of patience, a measure of luck, a touch of inspiration and a dash of local knowledge, place it all in a J27, and you have the recipe for light wind sailing success on the flat waters of the Vaal Dam.

“Or so it seemed on Sunday January 17, when Rob Wilcox and Brian Sutherland took ‘On the Rampage’ to line and handicap honours in the 41st Round the Island Race.”

That’s how SAILING Mag scribe Dave Beattie opened the report on the event, and gives an idea as to, once again, just how tough it was out there.

This was not a multihull year as the monohull keelboats took the top six places overall, with the first dinghy being a Dolphin.

In summing up the event, Beattie said this: “Many competitors considered it one of
the finest Round the Island events in recent years.”

READ THE SAILING MAG REPORT HERE:  Pages from 1999 03 – SAILING Magazine – OCR

READ THE SA YACHTING REPORT HERE:  Pages from 1999 03 – SA Yachting – OCR