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Entries For 2024 Round The Island Race Now Open

Credit: Paul Wyeth

The Island Sailing Club (ISC) has announced entries are now open for the 2024 edition of Britain’s Favourite Yacht Race, the Round the Island Race, which is being held on Saturday June 15.

The annual Round the Island Race has become an iconic sporting event with the first race taking place in 1931.

Competitors come from all over the UK and worldwide to follow the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England.

Starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes at 6am, the fleet race westabout to The Needles, pass St Catherine’s Point, round Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

The race regularly attracts over 1,100 boats and around 7,000 sailors and is one of the largest yacht races in the world.

Credit: Nick Edwards/RNLI

Enthusiastic amateurs and families compete on the same racecourse as elite pros and Olympians, making it such a special one-off sporting occasion.

Race Director, David Atkinson said:

“The Race Team are incredibly excited to launch this year’s edition of the race, and with an earlier date, it’s sure is to be an exhilarating start to the 2024 Summer Sailing Season.

"We carefully choose the start time and date to provide the optimal tidal conditions for the race, and with such a wonderfully varied fleet we want to ensure that all competitors can reach and round The Needles.

“The race experience is so different each year and I think this is why our competitors are addicted to returning year after year.

This year, the RNLI has been named as the Official Race Charity.

Credit: Paul Wyeth

All donations raised will go to the seven stations involved in the race and specifically for the training of their volunteer crews.

For more race information and to take advantage of Early Bird Entry Deals visit the event website.

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