Round the Island Race
An event not to be missed!
The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world, and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.
East Cowes Marina is a popular place to berth before and after the race, and the marina will be fully-booked in the first couple of weeks of January. Bookings open on 2 January each year - call 01983 293983. Special rates apply for a two-day package on Friday and Saturday night of the event.