About Round the Island Race
The Round the Island Race is unique in its sheer scale; with thousands of yachts on the start line, ranging from small family cruising boats to sleek maxi racers.
When the canon fires on the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, the 55 mile course sends the fleet anticlockwise around the Isle of Wight, which takes anything from 3 – 10 hours – depending on the type of yacht. The infamous Solent tides and variable winds create incredibly exciting racing and a spectacle of epic proportions. It is just a great sailing experience.