The annual Round the Island Race is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. This 50 nautical mile race attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors from the UK, Europe and even the USA. It is one of the largests yacht races in the world.
The course for the Round the island Race
The races start at Cowes in 11 separate groups, starting every 10 minutes from 7am until 8.40am and head west towards Yarmouth. They pass the Needles Lighthouse, along the south-west coast of the Island to St. Catherine’s Point and then up across Sandown Bay to round the Bembridge Ledge Buoy. The fleet then makes its way either side of No Man’s Land Fort and across Osborne Bay to the end at Cowes.