The Round the Island race has been running since 1931, when Island Sailing Club member Major Cyril Wendeler suggested a race that would be able to cater for smaller boats - rumour has it he may have been having a joke at the expense of the exclusive Royal Yacht Squadron, whose minimum member yacht size was a whopping 30 tonnes!
From humble beginnings when the race attracted just 25 entries, it has now grown to become the largest one day regatta in the world, with over 1,000 boats and more than 16,000 sailors from around the globe now heading to Cowes for the early race start every year!
The thrill of lining up for the start alongside literally hundreds of other yachts as the sun comes up is indescribable...it more than makes up for the crack of dawn wake up call!
Love the sound of this but worried about not having any/enough experience? Well the great news is that you don't need any to be able to join our crew!
There are TWO options to become involved:
Option 1. Three Day Race Package
Join us on the Friday morning and enjoy a full day of pre-race training to get in the groove and practice those all-important tacking and gybing manoeuvres, as well as learning how to hoist, fly and drop the spinnaker. Sunday will be a day of leisurely cruising around the Solent - and maybe even a lazy picnic at anchor in Osborne bay!
Option 2. Two Day Race Package
Short of time? Join us on the Friday evening for just the race on Saturday and recovery day of cruising on Sunday - our two day race option is great for girls with some previous sailing experience who are happy to dive straight into the race!