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Cowes Week, Round the Island Race, Little Britain

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Welcome to the Race Participation section of the website. For those who wish to experience the competitive side of sailing, there are a number of opportunities available. Every June, the Round the Island Race takes place whilst early August is reserved for Cowes Week and September for the Little Britain Cup.

ROUND THE ISLAND RACE This year the race takes place on Saturday 21st June 2014. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, this has been referred to as the worlds largest yacht race with around 1800 yachts participating and the Olympic sailors will be competing against you for the Gold Roman Bowl. The race starts at the Royal Yacht Squadron starting line at Cowes and follows a 50 nautical miles course anti clockwise around the Isle of Wight. Average time is approximately 9 hours although the record held by a multihull is just over 3 hours! Entrants come from all over the world and the race is one of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) series of events which include the Cowes to Cherbourg trophy and the Fastnet race. There are many hazards to negotiate starting with rounding the Needles lighthouse and the wreck of the Varvassi. The fleet tack across each other at this point to change course sometimes in strong currents and rough seas. Round the Island Race, Racing charters The direct course from here can take you close to Goose Rock and Irex rock, contact with either could ruin your day. Strong currents and rough seas are encountered for a short while off St Catherines Point. Rounding the bouys off Bembridge Ledge and the Solent Forts is a serious risk of collision with other yachts. The finish line off Cowes gives a huge sense of achievement and no doubt the memory of the race will last long.

We are offering 3 day race charters consisting of a race training sail from Lymington to Cowes on Friday 31st May. This is followed by an evening ashore Cowes and overnight on-board in the Medina river. This allows an early departure Saturday around 6am for the start soon afterwards, and the finish is crossed mid afternoon. Evening ashore Cowes. Sunday morning sail back to Lymington. Please see further details including pricing information on our Round the Island Race page.

COWES WEEK Cowes week takes place from 2-9 August 2014. This is the worlds oldest and largest sailing regatta with 8,500 competitors taking part in 8 days of sailing. We are offering three formulae this year, Corporate Private Racing Charter, Individual Racing Berth and Race Viewing Cruises. Find out more here about these Cowes Week events.

THE LITTLE BRITAIN CHALLENGE CUP
Little Britain Cup The Little Britain Challenge Cup is an annual Construction Industry regatta. This year the event takes place 4-7 September 2014. Around 240 yachts compete making this the largest annual industry sailing regatta in Europe, the only bigger regatta of any description being Cowes Week. It is also the biggest annual gathering of senior construction and property industry figureheads. A large cheque is awarded to charity each year. Enquiries are welcome for teams of 7 crew plus skipper. There are 4 races over 3 days and all racing is organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes. Champagne receptions, gala dinners, this one has the lot.

OTHER RACES
Spring and Winter series of races are envisaged consisting of a day sail from Lymington. This is a good introduction to racing and a nice way to kick off and end the sailing season. Price is £95 per person per race. Please enquire for available dates.

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PHOTOGRAPHS HERE FROM THE 2013 ROUND THE ISLAND RACE
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Photos from the 2012 Round the Island Race

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