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Round The Island #RaceForAll

Round the Island Race 2020

30 May 2020

Competitors come from all over the world to follow the 50 nautical mile course each year around the Isle of Wight.

The annual race provides the chance for first-time racers to compete against Olympians and record breaking sailors on equal terms.

The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors making it one of the largest yacht races in the world. It is the fourth largest annual participation sporting event in the UK, after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

It's well worth taking part or just watching from afar - friends, family and sailing fans can follow the race using GPS tracking - and it's spectacular to see the yachts come round the Isle of Wight on the home stretch.

Statement about the 2020 race by the Island Sailing Club - "In late June 2019, IOW Festival Organisers announced the dates for 2020 from 11th to 14th June, dates which clash with the published date for the 2020 Round the Island Race of June 13th. The Island Sailing Club feels that the quality of the race could be impacted by trying to run the two events at the same time, as it puts additional pressure and demands on competitors, volunteers, accommodation, services and facilities, and we have therefore decided to rethink next year's date.

Given the tidal constraints within which the race must be run, the options available are limited, but the best available date is the 30th of May 2020 with an early start. We've announced this as soon as possible to give people a chance to plan."

Vantage points

There are a host of great vantage points on and off the water to see the action.

On the water, you'll get a great view of the start by positioning yourself just north west of the West Bramble marker. Here you'll have a great view looking south along the start line (please be aware of the main shipping lane which runs nearby). Alternatively, there are great views by being positioned near Hurst Spit. Just ensure you are well out of the way of competitors.

From ashore, you can get great views from Hurst Point as boats funnel down Hurst Straights and round the Needles. Alternatively, there are lots of great views from on the Isle Of Wight (Needles, St Catherine's Point, Ryde Pier) or from Gilkicker point near Gosport.

Follow the race

There is live TV of the race starts on the official Round the Island website www.roundtheisland.org.uk. There is also a full race blog that will run for the entirity of the event, radio, and Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #RaceForAll. 

More details and entry information are available from the Round the Island Race website.

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