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21st June

About Round the Island Race

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the largest race of its kind with around 16,000 professional and amateur sailors, including some unlikely celebrities vying to get their yachts around the racetrack and across the finish line in pole position. The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight organised by the Island Sailing Club.

In recent years it has attracted over 1,700 boats, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and combined with the vast number of sailors the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Enticing competitors from all around the world the Round the Island Race attracts entries from all manner of boats from classic yachts to modern racing vessels bristling with the latest technology.

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Route takes the 1,800 entries westwards through the challenging Needles channel, south towards St. Catherine's point and then back round to the finish line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

The sheer number and variety of the yachts participating makes this event a fantastic spectator sport with some great vantage points off Cowes, Sconce Point, The Needles, St Catherine's Point, Ventnor, Bonchurch, Culver Down and Ryde Pier.

Best place to watch the race!

The first start is at 05.00 and they continue at ten minute intervals until 06.40am. The best place to see the start of the race is Princes Parade on Cowes seafront as they leave the starting line outside the Royal Yacht Squadron and if conditions require it they will be hoisting their spinnakers as they pass you.

The Island Sailing Club offer breakfast at the club from 06.45am till 7.30am. Next breakfast stop for race watchers is the Watersedge at Gurnard, opposite Gurnard Sailing Club and right next to the beach. There is a long window frontage to the side of the café with views down towards Cowes.

Yarmouth is probably the next best place to see the yachts and things might be starting to get exciting at this point as they move towards the open sea. Watch from the Green and small beach that borders the sea on Tennyson Road as you enter from the east or from Yarmouth Pier in the town. If you want to sit and sip a long cold drink you could take up residence in the George Hotel’s garden. It is the Old Gaffers Festival this weekend in Yarmouth so it will be rammed with people. On the up side there is loads to do and see, with live music and entertainment so you could stay for the day.