Round the Island Race

Round the Island Race, 1st June 2013, Cowes, Isle of Wight

The Round the Island Race has been scheduled a little earlier this year on 1st June 2013.  You still have a few days to enter, but standard entries will close at midnight on Saturday 11th May 2013.

Latest news about this years’ Round the Island Race

Amongst the competitors for this years Round the Island Race there will be two Sirs (including a 4 times Olympic gold medallist), one Dame, two Members of the Order of the British Empire and various world record holders!  Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Dee Caffari MBE, Helena Lucas MBE, Alex Thomson, Mike Golding will all be taking part this year along with the 1600 other sailing enthusiasts.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, is the official Round the Island Race Charity.  It helps young people aged between 8-24 regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness. There will be Trust representatives on hand in the Race Village over the weekend.  they will provide details about how your donations will help young people from hospitals throughout the UK experience life-changing sailing trips.

To gain some local knowledge and be one step ahead of other competitors, why not join Sailing Logic’s pre-Race Masterclass on May 25th.  Tim Thubron will talk you through the tidal gates and how they will affect you, the tide patterns and eddies and highlight key hazards to avoid such as the wreck!  He will also cover reading the weather forecast and preparing your boat for the Race as well as racing rules and how to apply them.

Timex are holding a winch grinding competition for anyone who thinks they can flex their muscles the best.  You could win yourself a watch worth £245.  Find them in the Race Village.

Old Pulteney will be holding various whiskey tasting session.  To try the tipple find them at the Raymarine weather briefing on the Friday night or in the Race Village throughout the weekend.

Last, and by absolutely no means the least, Sir Ben will be signing posters.  It doesn’t say what posters, lets hope they are of him and not his AC45 catamaran J.P. Morgan BAR!  Catch him after the Round the Island Race on Saturday at 17:00 for the signing at the Henri Lloyd stand in the Race Village.

 

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This year celebrated 80 years of the Round the Island Race hosted by the Island Sailing Club.  The island in question is, of course, The Isle of Wight.

I was not lucky enough , or good enough! to take part in this years yacht race, but it is on my to do list for next year.  I had to settle for joining in the evenings entertainment on the Saturday night instead!!

Myself and two loyal friends caught the Fast Jet ferry from Southampton over to Cowes on what turned out to be a very lovely evening.  The town was heaving with very red faced, Sebago-clad sailors.  The atmosphere was lively and jovial.  We had a quick bite to eat then headed for the beer tent and live band area.  This was even more busy than the town.  What can only be described as a huge electronic billboard, listed the round the island race results and the evenings entertainment.  Race-goers could drink their beer while watching the results coming in and listening to the very good live bands.  A great evening was had by all, even the non-racers.

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For race results and some stunning race pictures visit Round the Island Race.  Related Articles: Round the Island Race.

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Me and the Loyal Friends!

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Waiting for the Results