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The course

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.

Charter options

We have two great charter options that will take you right in to the centre of the event:

World's largest yacht race

Peaking at 2000 boats in 2011 for the 80th anniversary, the Round the Island Race typically attracts over 1700 boats, with as many as 16,000 competitors. Thus making it the fourth largest participatory sporting event in the UK. Beaten only by the London Marathon, and Great North and South Runs!

Rating system

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.

Needles rounding

To the general public, the race is perhaps best known for the extraordinary photographs of the huge race fleet passing the Needles with their brightly coloured spinnakers flying.

Get in touch with Solent Events

Do you have an event in mind? Send us your details using the form below or have a quick chat with one of our experts on. 01590 674900.

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