Hospitality Events /Round the Island Race
The largest and most spectacular sailing event in the world! With the next race taking place on Saturday 1st July 2017, the Round the Island Race has taken place in late June or early July every year since 1931.
The event is a complete circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line just off Cowes. The fastest entrants will finish the 50nm course within 4 hours with 40’ yachts taking on average 6-8 hours.
We have two great charter options that will take you right in to the centre of the event
World's largest yacht race
Typically over 1700 boats will take part with as many as 16,000 competitors, making it the fourth largest participatory sporting event in the UK.
Entrants are ‘rated’ using handicapping calculations, thus making it possible for a modest family boat sailed beautifully to defeat a modern high performance giant trimaran to win the fiercely sought after Gold Roman Bowl.
To the general public, the race is perhaps best known for the extraordinary photographs of the fleet passing the Needles ablaze with brightly coloured spinnakers.