The Round The Island Race 2014 – Isle of Wight

The Round The Island Race 2014

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is set for Saturday the 21st of June 2014. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, this one-day yacht race has a 50 nautical mile course around the beautiful Isle of Wight – just off the south coast of England. The 2014 race will be the 83rd edition of this celebrated race, which includes sailing legends.

Attracting over 1,700 boats and approximately 16,000 sailors, The Round the Island Race is one of the largest yacht races in the world as well as the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. The race starts at the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, carrying west to The Needles, St Catherine’s Point, then the Bembridge Ledge buoy and back to the finish at Cowes.

This is a great opportunity to see some of the world’s best sailors as well as families and novice racers.

As a spectator make sure you get to the best mainland vantage points to watch the race. Hurst Point located near Keyhaven, and also Gilkicker Point situated off the golf course from Alverstoke are great vantage points. The race starts at 5am but you can be sure to follow the boats’ location and progress throughout the race via the live text commentary or boat tracking services.

The course, though simple, can take hours to finish. Many new racers and competitors who join from all over the UK and parts of Europe and even USA are competing against some of the greats. The course record stands at three hours and 43 seconds for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade in 2013. However the fastest time is from Sir Ben Ainslie with two hours and 52 minutes.

With over 60 awards available to participants this is set to be a very memorable and enjoyable experience for all!

To visit the official JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race website, click here.