The date for the annual Round the Island Race has been announced and it will take place on 30th May 2020 which is a little earlier than usual.
The race which is organised by The Island Sailing Club, is a one day yacht race around the Isle of Wight starting in Cowes and heading West towards The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge and finishing in Cowes. The race is one of the largest in the world and around 1400 boats with around 15,000 sailors take place in the 50 nautical mile race. The first boats will start at 0520 BST and if you don’t mind getting up early head along to Hurst Point as you have a great vantage point as the boats head towards The Needles.
Last year I was at Hurst Point (sadly not on a boat) and because it was a downwind leg there were plenty of colourful spinnakers passing by:
Early Bird entries end on 1st February so if you would like to enter the Race then click HERE
Maybe there will be some spare sails at the end of the race that could be made into some lovely bags!