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Round the Island Race

When:  Saturday 1st July 2017

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight, Solent

Event Type:  Regatta

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About Round the Island Race

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 1,700 boats and around 16,000 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 5am start of the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes; the fleet races west to the Needles. Then round to St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Spectators can find many vantage points, both on the mainland and Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress and over 60 prizes are awarded with every boat completing the race receiving a memento of the occasion.

Whether you compete regularly or are new to the sport, taking part in the Round the Island Race is a day to remember, sailing in one of the world’s largest sailing events in some of the best sailing waters.


Enquire about Round The Island Race Packages


The Race Course 

Race Course


Video: Highlights from Round the Island Race


Event Format

Make the most of 'Britain's Favourite Yacht Race' with Motion Charters 3-day package.  You and your team will join us on Friday for a training and familiarisation day to ensure you are ready for racing action, Friday evening you will moor up in Cowes on the Isle of Wight to soak up the pre-race atmosphere .  

Saturday is race day! The Round The Island race circumnavigation is about 60NM and usually takes 8-10 hours, so you can expect an early start. However the spectacle of the early morning sunrise over the masts of thousands of yachts is spectacular and makes it all worthwhile! After racing, you will join the apres-sail in the Round The Island race village, and Sunday allows your team the opportunity for some leisurely yachting around the Solent!


Charter Itinerary for Round the Island Race

Friday 30th June 2017

8.30am onwardsJoin your yacht for a comprehensive safety and boat brief. Then get out on the water and training begins.

5pm: After Training Day moor up in Cowes Yacht Haven for your debrief and instructions for tomorrows racing. Changing Facilities avaliable in the marina. Visit the Round the Island Village, with bar and live music.


Saturday 1st July 2017


5am: Crew rise and breakfast. Your yacht departs the marina for the start of the Round the Island Race.

6:30am: Race Starts (times tbc)

6pm: Its time to go and party in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race Village, Cowes


Sunday 2nd July 2017


10am: Depart Cowes for a leisurely sail home. Arrive back at Hamble marina and depart for home after a great weekend of sailing and racing!





'Round The Island Race 2017' Yacht Charter Package


Motion Charters offers a Round the Island Race yacht charter package for those who have lots of sailing experience as well as those with no sailing experience at all.


Our Round the Island Race Yacht Charter Package includes:

  • 3 Day charter on one of Our Yachts
  • Training day
  • Entry 
  • Berth in Cowes Yacht Haven (Subject to avaliability at time of booking)
  • Professional skipper (Optional)
  • Packed racing lunch on board
  • Wet weather gear,
  • safety equipment, fuel, gas and engine hours
  • Full race sails
  • Pre-race scrub and full yacht prep
  • Full event management from your Motion Charters representative



Charter a Yacht for Round the Island Race

The next Round the Island Race will take place on Saturday 1st July 2017. The event is great for both beginner sailors and experienced yachtsmen. If you would like to take part, contact us about our skippered and bareboat yacht charter packages. Call us on +44 (0)1489 588721 or email sail@motioncharters.co.uk We can also arrange Corporate Branding, Clothing, Catering and photography for this event.


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Useful Links:

How to win Round The Island Race, Yachting World >
Round the Island Race Official Website >

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