Isle of Wight What's On Guide: Events OnTheWight

Round the Island Race 2020 (reorganised)

Saturday 26 6.00amSeptember

Sport & Fitness

Cowes

All around Cowes, the sailing capital of the Island.

Round the Island Race 2020 (reorganised)

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The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.

The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Spectators can find many vantage points, both on the mainland and Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress.

You can find more information about where the boats typically are at different times during the day by clicking here. Those who cannot get to watch in person can always keep an eye on the race's progress on the website, via our live text commentary and our boat tracking facility.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.