The Island Sailing Club is gearing up to host the Round the Island Race for the year 2017. This is a one-day race event has been going on since 1931.
The race is organized in association with Cloudy Bay. This is one of the most looked forward to event by all professional sailors as well as newbies to the sailing sport. The best part about this race is that people from all walks of life are encouraged to take part and they get the chance to race using any boat, be it a maxi yacht, a boat or a cruiser.
This is a boat race for all and there are more than 16,000 sailors and over 1,600 boats that they part in this one-day sailing event. This makes the event one of the largest yacht races in the world. This year it is expected to be even bigger than last year and many are expecting new race records to be set. Last year was a record-setting year when Lloyd completed the race course in 2 hours and 23 minutes in the multihull division.
The entries for this year’s race include the Farr 52 Bob helmed by Stephen Durkin. Ben Fogle, the brand ambassador of the presenting sponsor of Cloudy Bay, is also in the crew. Many of the sailors taking part in this prestigious event will be racing to raise money for charity. The event normally takes place in late June. This year the organizers postponed it to July taking into account the favorable tide situation.
The race will start at the Royal Yacht Squadron and the line of the course is 50nm with anticlockwise rounding the Isle of Wight. Many sailors taking part know the conditions very well and hence it is expected to be a very tight race.