Round the Island Race

The Isle of Wight is shielded by thousands of sailing boats during the annual Round the Island Race, which takes place every year in June.

The famous Round the Island Race

June 23, 2018 is a date for your diary should you be overseas – and by that we mean across the Solent – on the Isle of Wight.

The Round the Island Race is for our money one of the most stirring sights to behold anywhere around the shores of the British Isles.

The craggy drama of the Isle of Wight coastline brings out the inner briny in even the most fervent landlubber.

Up to 1,600 sailing boats and sailors!

Up to 1,600 sailing boats take part in a race where professional and amateur sailors pit their wits against each other in a westerly, 50-nautical miles-long competitive battle for sea supremacy.

Britain’s home to all things yachting, Cowes, plays host to the Round the Island race.

So best pack your trendiest deck-shoes and sturdiest windcheater for yacht-watching, as the magnificent racing flotilla ploughs in stately progress round the Needles.