Round the Island Race 2021

You can be part of the fun, excitement and magnificent spectacle that is the Round the Island Race. Crew spaces are available on our yachts in July 2021 (2/3/4).

In July 2021 over 16,000 sailors, from Olympic gold medallists and world champions to amateur crews and those trying their hand at racing for the first time, compete in this unique yacht race around the Isle of Wight. It is a race for all.

The largest yacht race in the world, the Round the Island Race is a magnificent spectacle and one that you will never forget!

You can be part of the action. No experience is necessary as full training will be given.

The Race is on the Saturday 3rd July. There will be a training day on the Friday 2nd and a leisurely sail back to base on the Sunday. Saturday night will be spent in joining in the post-race festivities in Cowes and then Sunday allows for a leisurely sail back to Southampton.

A choice of Two Yachts

You have a choice of taking part in Race on two quite different yachts.

One is a Challenger 72.

The other a Laurent Giles 44.

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A Challenger 72

The yacht was built to race around the world - a feat she accomplished twice. Challenger 72's are wonderfully solid and fast boats capable of withstanding the toughest of conditions. We have done many Round the Island Races, Fastnet Campaigns and ARC Atlantic crossings on her.

The boat is very hands on and plenty of team work is needed.

However, the yacht is far from a stripped out racing yacht. Down below there is a spacious saloon and galley area, 2 heads/showers. the sleeping areas are divided into four compartments with nice snug bunks.

There will be a skipper, mate and two watch leaders to to keep you safe and to help you get the boat going as fast as possible.

A Laurent Giles 44

Slightly smaller and lighter than the Challenger 72 this boat is quite racey. She has done well in previous Round the Island Races and Fastnet Races.

Again the boat is very hands on. She has a big rig and plenty of team work is needed. There will be a skipper, mate and watch leader.

Down below is quite open plan. the accomodation is arranged into areas of bunks.

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Friday 2nd July - Training Day:

  • 1000: Join the yacht in Town Quay in Southampton or Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Meet your skipper, mates and fellow crew members
  • 1015: Skippers Briefing then set sail for training enroute to Cowes
  • 1800: Head into marina for crew debrief and decide your position for the race
  • 1900: Dinner ashore. Early night.

Saturday 3rd July - Race Day:

  • Race day. Early rise to get to the start line at Cowes in plenty of time.
  • Breakfast and lunch on board with snacks available in between
  • Finish the race and then moor up to join in the fun ashore in Cowes

Sunday 4th July:

  • Sail in the Solent returning to base to be away by midday ish

Places on the Challenger 72 are £785pp

Places on the Laurent Giles 44 are £647pp

Included are race entry fees, food on board, accommodation on board on Friday and Saturday nights, personal insurance (Challenger 72 only), loan of waterproofs, safety equipment, mooring fees, fuel and gas. Supper on the Friday and Saturday night is not included leaving you to explore the options ashore.

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On board stoareg on either boat is pretty minimal. You should put your kit it in a soft bag [not hard suitcase].

On board the boat you will be assigned your berth. Berths are located in the saloon and to the aft of the boat. You will share with other crew members.

  • Jumpers/fleece 2 pairs of trousers/shorts
  • 2 t-shirts or mid layers
  • Windproof layer
  • Underwear
  • Couple pairs of warm socks
  • Thermals [maybe!]
  • Nightclothes
  • Soft sole non-marking trainers or deck shoes
  • Sailing Wellies (flat soles, no heels, essential for long and/or cold water voyages) optional for this Casual clothes for going ashore
  • Towel (a micro fibre / sports towel is a good idea). Or ordinary towel
  • Sunhat/Baseball Cap (plus string to tie on)
  • Retainer for ordinary glasses
  • Fleece hat
  • Waterproof /sailing gloves [optional but good idea]
  • Toiletries and personal medication
  • Seasickness pills if relevant (Stugeron works best)
  • Sleeping bag, sheet to cover bunk and pillow case (pillow provided)
  • Waterproof clothing is provided.


  • Ear plugs (advisable!)
  • Camera (plus spare batteries – there are no plugs for electric chargers)
  • Sunglasses and cord
  • Small torch
  • Suncream
  • Sports water bottle


  • If you are on medication please bring plenty for your weekend with extra in case you suffer from sea sickness and have to take additional doses.
  • Bring your own sea sickness medication


  • RYA Cruising Log (if you have one)

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Laurent Giles 44, Southampton
2/3/4 July
3 Days
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2/3/4 July
3 Days
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