Countdown to the race around the island • Live Sail Die
On Saturday nearly 1,200 boats will race around the Isle of Wight in Britain’s Favorite Yacht Race. With so many high-profile events canceled, Round the Island is considered the biggest mass participation event held since the UK’s first lockdown a year ago.
Managed by the Island Sailing Club, this year marks the 90th anniversary of the race, and after so many months of stopping yacht racing in the UK it is a welcome return for many enthusiastic competitors. Renowned sailor and Helly Hansen ambassador, Pip Hare, will fire cannon shots at the Royal Yacht Squadron for the first departure at 6.30am, then jump up a hill to join the crew of the quarter-ton ‘Belinda’.
David Atkinson, Race Director said: “The goal this year is to organize a great race on the water. The weather on Saturday is currently good, but everyone should check the updated forecast available on our event website. Entries exceeded our expectations, and it clearly demonstrates the popularity of the race and the appetite for sailing in general after the last lockdown. The entire 130-strong racing team works hard to make sure all of our competitors have a fantastic day on the water. We can’t wait to hear everyone’s stories and see your photos.
A pre-race weather briefing will be given by official race weather guru Chris Tibbs and will be available online from 6:00 p.m. on Friday July 2 here on the event website. Chris Tibbs, said: “It looks like it will be a slow start to the race until a weather front passes by late in the morning, then we will have a nice southwesterly wind with some clearings. This should allow the spinnakers to fly to the south side of the island and finish the race well.
One of the multihulls participating in the race is PowerPlay, which as the Concise 10 set the round the island (multihull class) record of 2h 22m 23s in 2017. “PowerPlay is certainly capable of breaking the record that we have. established in 2017, but as usual, the Wind Gods will have the final say. Ideally we would need over 18 knots south for a quick turn, ”commented skipper Ned Collier Wakefield. “We are really looking forward to participating in the Round the Island race again, especially since some of the big boys are coming to play! “
Peter Cunningham, owner of the PowerPlay racing team, said: “The MOD70 is the most exciting boat I have ever ridden and the chance to compete in the Round the Island race is a highlight. It’s a great course and one of the most memorable moments is knocking down at The Needles. Going from 20+ upwind to 35 knots and more, you can feel the acceleration! The competition will be tough, but the boat and crew are in great shape, so don’t hesitate!
The awards ceremony for the Gold Roman Bowl (IRC Overall Winner) and Silver Gilt Roman Bowl (ISCRS Overall Winner) will take place on Sunday at the Island Sailing Club. All other trophies will be awarded on Saturday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m., after Cowes Week, when COVID restrictions will hopefully be lifted. A full list of winners will be available on the event website.
New racing partner Marlin Leisure Marine opens its hardware store at 41 Cowes High Street this week and invites Round the Island race competitors to get 10% off their first purchase in Chandlery by quoting “RIR90YEARS” .
Haven Knox-Johnston is very proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary as a marine insurance partner on the 90th anniversary of racing around the island. As always, their two sponsored yachts “Haven KJ Scotch Mist” and “Haven KJ Enigma”, skippered by John Macaulay and Ian Braham respectively, will be on the water in contention for the first places! They wish John and Ian and their crews good luck and good sailing to all.
Win fabulous prizes from official race partners, including a Raymarine navigation screen valued at over £ 4000; Haven Knox-Johnston GoPro Camera; Helly Hansen Salt Coastal Jacket and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust bracelets and caps. Enter here. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Closing date: 1700 July 5, 2021.
There are openings for new racing partners in 2022 and beyond; E-mail [email protected] to start the conversation.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been the race’s official charity since 2005 and over £ 300,000 has been raised to help inspire hundreds of young people to believe in a better future. Their boat ‘Solent Hero’ will compete tomorrow as the Trust ramps up preparations to bring young people to #BackOnboard this summer. The Trust team consists of four volunteers, who have themselves been supported by the Trust and have lived through and beyond cancer. To support the Trust, simply text RACEFORALL on 70085 to donate £ 5 * or visit their fundraising page www.justgiving.com/campaign/RoundTheIsland2021.
* SMS costs £ 5 plus one message at the standard rate.
In accordance with the “Race for All” ethic, competitors and spectators are invited to upload their images to the photo gallery, where the best photos will be featured on the main gallery page. Click here for more details.