image of Round the Island race start
Round the Island race start

By William Mills

The Annual ‘Round the Island Race’ in pictures.

Some 1,500 yachts raced around the Isle Of Wight starting from Cowes they raced down the Solent to the Needles’ Lighthouse then turning eastwards down past the bottom of the island at St Catherine’s Point before heading towards Bembridge Ledge at the eastern entrance to the Solent just south of Portsmouth Harbour where the cross channel ferries leave from.

Then it’s back to Cowes and the finish. The course of about 50 miles takes the fastest boats between three and four hours finishing by mid morning after the 7 am start. Most are finished by tea time with the last struggling in by dusk.

All photos are by Patrick Eden.

 

Start at the Castle-Cowes home of the Royal Yacht Squadron
Start at the Castle-Cowes home of the Royal Yacht Squadron

 

Yachts race westwards down the Solent towards the Needles
Yachts race westwards down the Solent towards the Needles

 

Classic two masted Ketch nears the Needles Rocks and lighthouse.
Classic two masted Ketch near the Needles Rocks and lighthouse.

 

A modern yacht nears the iconic mark
A modern yacht nears the iconic mark

 

New design rigging
New design rigging

 

Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal National Lifeboat Institution

 

Traditional and modern rigged yachts on the reach down to St Catherine's Point, the southernmost tip of the Isle of Wight.
Traditional and modern rigged yachts on the reach down to St Catherine’s Point, the southernmost tip of the Isle of Wight.

 

Lizzy Foreman-Mini Transit hopeful
Lizzy Foreman-Mini Transit hopeful

 

End of the 50 mile Round The Island Race is back at Cowes
End of the 50 mile Round The Island Race is back at Cowes

 

 

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