TimeLine Events are pleased to announce that in 2019 we will be taking to the water again to capture the annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club. For those of you that are not familiar with the race it is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 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. 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.
The race is a great opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first time racers. Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the race, the course records stand at 3hrs 53mins 05secs for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2008, and 3hrs 08mins 29secs for a multihull boat, set by Francis Joyon in 2001.
The boats cross the start line at Cowes in eleven separate groups, starting every 10 minutes from 06.30 until 08.30 and heading in a westerly direction towards Yarmouth. The boats pass round the Needles Lighthouse, along the south-west coast of the Island to St. Catherine's Point and then up across Sandown Bay to round the Bembridge Ledge Buoy. The fleet then makes its way either side of No Man's Land Fort and across Osborne Bay to the finish line back at Cowes.
We will be out early to catch competitors as they head for the Neddles and beyond, using our regular chase boats Anchorman, a 30' catamaran being one of them that is more that capable of keeping up with the fastest of yachts.
Tickets to this iconic photo experience are limited to 22, we have 2 boats avaiable but they can only hold 11 people on each due to insurance so to avoid disappointment we highly recommend early booking.
(slightly higher than normal due to the extra fuel and time at sea)