This report appeared in Osprey Class Magazine December 1998 but the article is from Yachting World Annual 1954.
It was researched by Mike Smith of Hornsea SC and was kindly typed by Elaine Cleminshaw.
This race has been described as an event unparalleled in the history of yachting. It was, indeed, certainly the first time that dinghies had been raced round the Isle of Wight and there is no doubt that it will live long in the memories of those who sailed in 196-boat fleet on this 64-mile marathon.
The event had some strong critics of great experience and things might well have developed exceedingly unpleasantly if adverse conditions had beat the fleet after they had got round to the back of the Wight. But as it was, good fortune favoured the enterprise, and conditions were well nigh perfect.