The Round The Island Race

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England.

The race regularly attracts over 1,600 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largests 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.

Round the Island Race: Best places to watch the 1,210 boats race by

Round the Island Race

See the guide to the best places to watch Round the Island Race today.

Saturday, 29th June, 2019 7:47am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight welcomes two major yacht races for 2019

Fastnet Race at Cowes - Suzanne Whitewood

Cowes will welcome the world’s oldest, most respected and most challenging of oceanic races dating back more than a century and a half later this year.

Monday, 7th January, 2019 8:54am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Little sleep for crews in 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

sevenstar round britain and ireland challenge

Did you spot the 28 boat sailing past the Isle of Wight on Sunday? They started from Cowes and are racing around Britain and Ireland this week.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 4:32pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Round the Island Race 2018 ‘probably one of the most challenging’

rtir - christian beasley start

There was virtually no wind, so very slow-going for the 656 of the 1,204 boats entered in the 2018 Round the Island Race who completed the course on Saturday.

Monday, 9th July, 2018 10:36am

By Island Sailing Club

Hear Isle of Wight bells ring out for the NHS

bells ringing by dcoetzee

You'll be able to travel from Ryde to Freshwater and stop at lots of places in between and hear bells ringing from 10.30am until 5.30pm on Saturday to celebrate the NHS's 70th birthday.

Friday, 6th July, 2018 11:18am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight sailor with quadriplegic cerebral palsy to sail in Round The Island Race

natasha lambert sailing near the needles

This will be Natasha's second lap of the Island, having first sailed round the Isle of Wight aged just 14. This time though she will be racing against over a 1,000 boats and over 10,000 sailors.

Thursday, 5th July, 2018 7:42am

By Alasdair Boden

Entries still open for 2018 Round the Island Race

round the island race

There are less than two weeks until the Round the Island Race, which already has 1,178 entries.

Monday, 25th June, 2018 11:47am

By Gabriella Southwell with one comment

2018 Round the Island Race dates changed to avoid Isle of Wight Festival clash

RTIR - Needles

Following the Isle of Wight Festival's plans to move the date of their event to later in the month of June, the Island Sailing Club have announced a new date for 2018 Round the Island Race to ensure there is no clash.

Monday, 21st August, 2017 7:34pm

By Gabriella Southwell with one comment

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 and Round the Island Race 2018 dates to clash

Isle of wight festival

Whoops! Two big Isle of Wight events are set to clash on the same weekend in June next year.

Tuesday, 4th July, 2017 8:27pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Another successful year for Round the Island Race

round the island race from orchard bay

Suzanne and Alan share an update from Saturday's Round the Island Race.

Tuesday, 4th July, 2017 5:25pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

All set for Round the Island Race

Fast40+

Suzanne and Alan take a look at the boats and sailors taking part in Saturday's Round the Island Race.

Thursday, 29th June, 2017 2:49pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Round the Island Race: Countdown commences as race partners finalised

Happy competitors enjoying their race, captured by race photographer

The 2017 Round the Island Race is just over two weeks away but would be competitors still have time to register to take part.

Tuesday, 13th June, 2017 11:25am

By Peta Stuart-Hunt