Over 1600 boats set off from Cowes this morning for the 81st race, heading towards The Needles before crossing the south coast of the Island towards Ventnor, the east coast to Bembridge and across the the finish line at Cowes – a total of 50 nautical miles.
Strong winds mixed with a 2 metre swell in some locations has created a dramatic race, with Solent Coastguard responding to several Mayday calls as sailors ended up in the icey waters between Yarmouth and The Needles.
It has been confirmed that there have been two head injuries and one spinal injury so far in the race.
Cowes, Yarmouth, Ryde, Calshot and Lymington lifeboats have all been on the water this morning assisting those who require help. Island Echo captured this dramatic photograph of Yarmouth’s All-Weather lifeboat racing to the aid of one yacht this morning…