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).

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. You will be in a hotel that we will cover on the Friday night.

The yacht is a Challenger 72.

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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.

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Friday 2nd July - Training Day:

  • 1000: Join the yacht in 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 / Head to hotel

Saturday 3rd July - Race Day:

  • Race day. Early rise to get to the start line at Cowes in plenty of time. Cast of 0400
  • Breakfast and lunch on board with snacks available in between
  • Finish the race and return to Gunwharf Quays

The price is £547pp.

Included are accomodation on Friday night in a hotel, race entry fees, personal insurance (Challenger 72 only), loan of waterproofs, safety equipment, mooring fees, fuel and gas.

Supper on the Friday 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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Challenger 72, Portsmouth
2/3 July
2 days
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0203 006 3717
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