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Round the Island and the Need for Speed

by Jo Bowden 27 May 13:56 BST 26 June 2022
Pegasus of Northumberland has entered the Round the Island Race © Pegasus

'Pegasus' of Northumberland has entered the Round the Island Race as part of their programme to compete in significant competitions, raise awareness of Parkinson's and to highlight the positive impact sailing can have on Parkinson's sufferers.

Pegasus is an exceptional Open Class racing yacht with an enviable track record, being the fastest boat of her type in the world. The Pegasus Racing team have a collectiove aim of challenging and breaking world records. Their navigator, Adrian Banks says: "We are really looking forward to Round the Island Race, it's an amazing race with interesting tidal gates and welcomes such a mixed ability of skippers and boats."

A recent entry is from Mark Ashley-Miller, an ex farmer, ex army, ex Internet entrepreneur, who bought his Nauticat 331 'Good Dog' with the aim of circumnavigating the UK and Ireland as slowly as possible in order to visit every harbour with a Harbour Master in the country and write a book. There are a total of 300 Harbour Masters and the skipper has met nearly 200 of them so far, having visited 230 harbours to date. Starting from Dartmouth in 2019, the boat has sailed clockwise around GB including St Kilda, Muckle Flugga, Perth, Goole and Wisbech. The challenge is in aid of The Seafarers' Charity and has so far raised nearly £20,000. The Cowes Harbour Master, Ed Walker, looks forward to welcoming 'Good Dog' and her crew on the 25th June.

New for 2022: Compete & Compare Tracks

With hundreds of boats competing, part of the fun of this unique race is comparing how your boat or the one you are following are doing against others. Every boat taking part in the 2022 race is required to register for the live tracking system to that its position in the race can be tracked. As well as keeping the race officials and everyone watching at home up-to-date with progress, the system also gives competitors the opportunity to replay their race after they've finished to see where they gained (or lost) time on their rivals.

Many of the competitors like to use the tracking system to compare their performance in the race with other boats of the same type - whether they're sailing a Farr 52 or a Hunter Impala! So, by popular demand the Race Tech Team have upgraded the Race Viewer with a new 'Compete & Compare' feature that gives everyone one-click access to the tracks of all the boats that match theirs (class or design type). And best of all, this will all work LIVE while taking part or following the race! The Race Viewer will be available from mid-June, see the event website for more details

Competitors' Competition

This week sees the launch of a 'Competitors' Competition' with a prize pot worth over £4500. All 2022 race competitors (crew and skippers) can enter for the chance to win a fantastic prize from the Race Partners and the Island Sailing Club - a great incentive to enter the race today!

Prizes include:

  • The new B&G easy-to-use Zeus 3S chartplotter which comes with B&G's unique sailing features built-in - making it simple to navigate, plot routes, add waypoints and view key sailing or racing data, at the touch of a button or screen (RRP £2830)
  • A GPM Marathon Watch, ideally suited for the toughest sailing challenges, all Marathon watches are Swiss made and have guaranteed precision and durablility (RRP £370)
  • A Skagen Offshore Sailing Jacket from Helly Hansen, a comfortable, durable and protective sailing jacket, built with innovative Ocean Bound recycled materials (RRP £325)
  • Subscriptions to Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting and Classic Boat magazine
  • Weekend mooring at Cowes Yacht Haven
  • Dinner for four at the Island Sailing Club
For more information and to enter visit Competition only open to 2022 race competitors and entry closes on the 28th June 2022.

Get Race Day Ready with B&G

The B&G blog series is in full swing, with the third in the series "Calibrating your electronics" designed to ensure competitors can monitor the windshifts and get the most out of your electronics kit on race day. Getting on the inside of a good wind shift can make or break any race, but in the Round the Island race, where you'll find long legs, not only upwind but also on all points of sail, playing the shifts right could propel you to the top of your class.

B&G are also excited to announce the launch of their pre-race webinars, hosted by the legendary Mark Chisnell. There will be two sessions running in mid-June where Mark will guide webinar viewers through his hints and tips for a successful race. Over the race weekend the B&G Technical Support Vehicle, kitted out with all the latest electronics, will be at the Round the Island Race Village at the Cowes Yacht Haven. The team will be on hand to offer support and have some cool giveaways.

Helly Hansen Race Collection

Helly Hansen is proud to be returning as the Official Clothing Partner to the Round the Island Race 2022. The market-leading brand will be kitting out more than 150 volunteers and organisers for the event. A merchandised capsule collection has been designed for the race, incorporating the brand's most popular technical pieces for the marine and water sports industry, along with new pieces for 2022, included the brand's most responsible materials to date. Highlights from the official merchandise collection includes Helly Hansen's HP 1/2 Zip Pullover, HP Racing Jacket, and W Inshore 1/2 Zip Pullover. The collection will be available to reserve online from 1 June 2022 ( Collect and pay in the Helly Hansen Cowes store by Friday 24th June.

To enter Britain's favourite race, go to the event website, and if you've entered before, there's a pre-filled entry form containing all your details to save you time. For all the latest news on social media @roundtheisland and #RoundTheIsland #RaceForAll.

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