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The Island Sailing Club is delighted to announce the launch of the first Windeler Cup, a new race for small keelboats that will run on the same day as the world-famous Round the Island Race, Saturday 3 July 2020.

The race will allow boats that are too small to safely participate in the annual circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight to join in the excitement of the Round the Island Race weekend with entries opening on 16th April.

Instead of sailing the full 50 nautical mile course of the main race, boats from the Daring, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Mermaid, Redwing, Sunbeam, Swallow, Sonar, Squib, RS Elite, Victory and XOD classes will compete in a ‘Round the Solent’ race.

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The race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, around 08.30 after the main Round the Island fleet is underway. It will follow a course towards Hurst Narrows, around Western Solent marks, before taking advantage of favourable tides to return along Cowes beach and finish back on the RYS line in Cowes.

The new race is named after the founder of the Round the Island Race, Major Cyril Windeler, who 90 years ago decided there needed to be an opportunity for owners of smaller yachts to enjoy a ‘bigger than usual’ competition.

Also new for this 90th anniversary year is the launch of a Round the Island Rowing Race. Five or more rowing teams will set off on the afternoon of Thursday 1st July from the RYS start line in their ocean rowing boats, circumnavigating all 50 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight, in a bid to be the fastest.

The official charity of the race, Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust announced this week their plans to bring young people living through and beyond cancer back together again this summer. Trust CEO, Frank Fletcher, laid out their plans to take the Trust on tour across the UK, with Round the Island Race being the first time they will get young people back on the water since 2019.

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Frank said:

“We’re so grateful to be the official race charity again and it’s great to have a boat entered in the Round the Island Race on 3 July, this will act as a pre-season ‘test event’ for the extra safety and risk management controls.”

To enter Round the Island Race and the Windeler Cup, plus read the latest guideline information, visit the event website.

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