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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

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.

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 fleet passing the Needles ablaze with brightly coloured spinnakers.

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