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by Round the Island Race 18 May 11:04 BST 15 June 2024
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The countdown begins! Competitors have just under a month to wait until the 2024 edition of Round the Island Race, which will take place on Saturday 15th June 2024.

The Island Sailing Club, based on the Isle of Wight, is proud to have organised this globally renowned race for over 90 years. It's a unique sporting occasion that encourages enthusiastic amateurs to compete against the elite pros and Olympians of a sport, all on an equal footing and around the same racecourse. This race does just that and celebrates the varied collection of sailors that compete, the level of camaraderie out on the water is unrivalled.

Standard entries close on 1st June

This race is a great chance to test your sailing skills against some of the best sailors in the country, to experience stunning scenery of the Isle of Wight coastline and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends. To enter visit the event website and don't forget that STANDARD ENTRIES close on 23:59 on Saturday 1st June, so if your boat isn't already entered for the race, visit the entries page for all the information you need and the online entry form. Late entries will be available until 12:00 Wednesday 12th June.

New for 2024: Official Shoreside Venue

With an early start to the race this year, the race organisers knew the shoreside aspect would be hugely important to making this weekend a highlight of the summer!

The Island Sailing Club (ISC) are extremely pleased to announce that they will be staging an Official Hospitality Venue, located on The Parade in Cowes and next to the ISC.

All competitors, race supporters and spectators are welcome, and it will be open throughout the race weekend (from 14:00 on Friday 14 June to Sunday 16 June afternoon, with free entry).

The new venue will feature:

  • Large CREW BAR Marquee serving all your favourite drinks
  • Delicious food and snacks for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner
  • Live music on stage all three days
  • B&G Race Support Event Truck
  • Helly Hansen and RNLI stands
  • The Mermaid Garden
  • ISC Members' Bar and VIP Terrace
  • Crew Deli at Blind Tiger
  • Crew Suppers at Blind Tiger
Both the Race Briefing (Friday 14 June 18:00) and Prize Giving (Sunday 16 June 12:00) will take place on the stage, weather permitting (or in the Crew Bar Marquee).

Crew Search

The race ethos has been a 'Race for All' for many years now, and it lives up to this with the varied types of sailors that compete annually. It is also often referred to as one of the friendliest yacht races in the UK and this comes in part to boats inviting new crew members onboard from their friends and family groups or offering a space to someone keen to experience this memorable day. The Round the Island Crew Search Page can help owners and sailors connect, visit the event website.

RNLI Volunteer Crews are training for the race

The RNLI has been named the Official Race Charity for 2024 in their 200th Anniversary year. The safety of all the competitors is integral to the smooth running of the race and that's why RNLI Lifeboats from Cowes, Calshot, Bembridge, Yarmouth, Lymington, Mudeford and Portsmouth have been involved in the supporting the event for decades and are strategically positioned around the course. All donations raised will go to these stations and specifically for the training of their volunteer crews. Over £2,900 has been raised so far. To donate please visit:

www.justgiving.com/campaign/rnli-round-the-island-race-2024

Membership of the Island Sailing Club

The Island Sailing Club would like to invite race competitors to become members and is offering an exclusive membership package. Please contact the ISC office to find out more.

For all the information and support you need to enter the 2024 race please visit the event website www.roundtheisland.org.uk. Standard Entries end on 1st June 2024. Follow the race on social media for all the latest news - @roundtheisland and #RoundTheIsland #RaceForAll.

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