Round the Island Race 2023

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 2023

In July 2023 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.

There will be a training day on 30th June. The Race is on the Saturday 1st July. 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.

The yacht is a Farr 40 - a real racing machine.

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The yacht is a Farr 40. She is 40ft long and is lighting weighing just 5 tonnes. She has an extensive number of sails. She is called Espresso Martini Too.

The yacht is very hands on. Team work will be key.

Espresso Martini Too is an exciting boat to sail. She is fast and competitive, performing really well throughout the wind range and providing a great sailing platform from which to optimise the performance for all angles of sail.

The boat is light and so you will need to spend time sitting on the rail balancing the boat.

Accommodation below is quite basic and we advise booking accommodation in Cowes for the Friday and Saturday nights.

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Friday 30th June - Training Day

  • 0900: Join the yacht in Shamrock Quay in Southampton. Meet your skipper, mate and fellow crew members
  • 1015: Skippers Briefing then set sail for training
  • 1800: Head into marina for crew debrief and decide your position for the race

Saturday 1st July - Race Day:

  • Race day. Early rise to start the race off the Royal Yacht Squadron
  • 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 2nd July - return to Shamrock Quay

  • Leisurely sail back to Shamrock Quay in Southampton to be away by midday.

The price is £820pp.

Included are race entry fees, food on board, the training day, accommodation on board on the Friday and Saturday nights (but we would advise booking accommodation ashore (and can provide a list), loan of waterproofs, safety equipment, mooring fees, fuel and gas. Supper on the Friday and Saturday nights is not included leaving you to explore the options ashore.

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On board storage on the 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 (if opting to sleep on board). 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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30 June/1/2 July
3 Days
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