Round the Island race
Join us for the Worlds largest yacht race!
This fun-packed race weekend around the Isle of Wight culminates in an evening of entertainment in Cowes. An anti-clockwise drag race starting from Cowes, the 60-mile course take us back for a well-deserved drink!
Every year the Island Sailing Club run the worlds’ biggest yacht race. More than 1,600 boats and 12,000 crew take part in the Cloudy Bay Round the Island Race. It’s a one-lap, round the Isle of Wight drag race. Starting in Cowes, the 60-mile course takes us back to Cowes for a well-deserved drink! Accommodation is onboard on Friday and Saturday night. You can let your hair down on Saturday night and enjoy the party atmosphere in Cowes.
Staring from Hamble, we meet on Friday for a training day, starting with a safety briefing followed by on-the-water training. We’ll get to know the boat and one another whilst practising some manoeuvres. Saturday is race day and an early start departing from Hamble. We berth in Cowes at the end of the race. Following celebrations on Saturday night, Sunday is a leisurely sail back to Hamble.
One thing’s for certain, you’ll leave with many happy memories and some good friends. This truly famous race is something everyone should do in their lifetime.
2017’s Round the Island race saw Concise 10 setting a new record by completing the course in a remarkable 2hrs, 22mins & 23 seconds, beating the old record by 1min! Basically, they were back home in time for breakfast! 2018, however, had a record of the longest time for the first boat to cross the finish line!
No experience required
Whether you are an experienced racer or have no sailing experience, this is a great weekend and you’ll be part of a team enjoying the thrill of this world-famous event. Although the race is only one day, the package covers 3 days of sailing and you’ll be sure to clock up some great sailing miles. If you’re looking to do RYA courses, this is a great addition to your CV. From complete novice to competent crew to budding skippers we’ll make sure you get the experience you’re looking for and learn something new from the weekend, after all, on a boat, every day’s a school day.
We sail from Hamble Yacht Services. Our adventures start here! Hamble Yacht Services offers easy access from the M27, has plenty of parking and nearby access to the bars and restaurants of Hamble.
There’s plenty of free parking on site.
Polka – GBR912R
Polka is a meticulously maintained Beneteau First 34.7, fully race prepared. She has a carbon mast and rod rigging and flies an asymmetric spinnaker from a retractable carbon bowsprit.
We carry a full race sail inventory including:
- Carbon Membrane Main Sail
- Membrane Jibs (No. 1 & No. 3)
- Heavy Weather Jib
- Storm Jib
- Code 0 Asymmetric
- A2 Asymmetric
- A4 Asymmetric
Polka is MCA coded and compliant with ISAF category 1 offshore racing. She carries all the latest safety equipment, above and beyond the requirements of both bodies. All crew whilst onboard have a Spinlock Pro-sensor lifejacket allocated for their use. (The Skippers rules when to wear them will be applied at all times).