Round the Island Race - early bird booking*

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06 Jul 2018 - 08 Jul 2018 £499.00
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Round the Island Race - early bird booking*

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £499 per person

Duration: 3 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

One of our favourites, race your way around the beautiful Isle of Wight to spectacular views and changing conditions. Every year is a different challenge and over 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors make this the largest and most spectacular yacht race in the world.

What the Girls Had to Say

"Rooby was a gifted and excellent Skipper, Carol was brilliant - she was patient and showed skills when needed never getting cross giving me confidence as my skills were very rusty and I didn't realize how much I'd forgotten in 10 years!" Sue, RTIR June 2014

"What an amazing spectacle! I had the most amazing weekend in the glorious sunshine, the weather was fantastic and the skipper was so patient! Keep doing your thing GFS!" 

Starts: Friday, 10am @ the GFS office, Cowes

Finishes: 4pm, Sunday, Cowes


About The Event

The Round the Island Race is a challenging 60 mile course gives the opportunity for almost all points of sail as we circumnavigate the island. Taking place on one of the longest days of the year, there are plenty of sunlight hours to watch the fleet spread out over the longer straights and then converge at the pinch points from on board - right in the middle of the action.  

We accommodate ladies of every level (no experience necessary), competence and age and what's more, whilst we love to beat the boys and we aim to win, we just do it in an environment that is fun with no shouting.



The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 


About Cowes 

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

Experience Required

No experience is required although some sailing and racing experience is asked for if joining our spinnaker boat option. Our skippers are all RYA certified instructors, so they are more than qualified to get you race ready, and feeling confident.


Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • Accommodation on board
  • All mooring fees, diesel and water
  • Starter pack for breakfast & Lunch onboard
  • Shower facilities on site in marina
  • Team t-shirt

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Any clothing*
  • Sleeping bag/pillow

*Wet weather gear is available to hire in advance, so please let us know on your booking form


Other activities

We'll work you hard but we play hard too!  You'll get plenty of time to socialise after the racing on the Saturday night - Cowes will be packed to the rafters with yachties from all over the world so fun is absolutely guaranteed!

Why choose Girls for Sail?

·         You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Skippers

·         We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence

·         We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 

·         There's no such thing as a 'silly' question

·         No shouting onboard

·         We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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