Round The Island Race 2017
Photo: Paul Wyeth


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Roundtheislandracelogo2022The Island Sailing Club has announced that they will be working in partnership with Cowes Yacht Haven to stage a ‘Round the Island Race Village’ for 2022, which will be open from midday on Friday 24th June and throughout the race weekend.

For the first time since the pandemic hit, on-shore activities will return as part of the major sailing event.

Race Partners Marathon Watch, B&G, Helly Hansen, Chelsea Magazines and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust will all have stands offering fun activities, great product promotions and support for competitors.

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Saturday 25th June is gearing up to be a spectacular sight with race entries rapidly building. The event welcomes sailors from all over the world, from professional sailors to keen amateur crews, families and first-time racers, competing on the same 58-mile racecourse around the striking Isle of Wight coastline.

Daniel Jehan, Managing Director of the Cowes Yacht Haven, has said:

“We are very excited to be hosting the Race Village and look forward to entertaining competitors, supporters and spectators with our pop-up food hall, bar area and terrace.”

Photo: Paul Wyeth/RTIR

Over 100 trophies are up for grabs during this year’s race and most boats have the chance to win several different prizes. The most famous is the Gold Roman Bowl, which has been awarded to the overall winner of the race (now the IRC division) since the first race in 1931 – but there are many other wonderful trophies with fascinating histories that are given away each year to worthy winners in their respective classes.

This year, 8 lucky yachts will also be awarded a prize of a Swiss made General Purpose Marathon Watch.

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Race Director David Atkinson has commented:

“For the first time since the pandemic started we are delighted to be able to offer a terrific onshore hospitality programme at both the Race Village and the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. It’s also fantastic to see entries returning from abroad this year, plus we’ve also got the highest percentage of first-time participants (to date) that we’ve ever experienced. I think there are a lots of new owners keen to challenge their boats and crew with our incredible race.”

More information can be found on the event website at

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