The Round the Island Race is one of the most iconic sailing events in the annual calendar and it is only 80 days away. Sailors from around the world are preparing for their adventure around the Isle of Wight on Saturday 30 May, competing to win over 200 trophies.
Dave Atkinson, Race Director, said: “The Island Sailing Club is extremely proud of our flagship event, particularly as it welcomes all types of sailors and boats from first time racers, family cruisers and professional sailors. This is why our ethos of ‘A Race For All’ really comes alive with all those competitors competing side by side on the same race track. With the Island Sailing Club handicap system (ISCRS), which is a free system for entrants, boats who don’t regularly race can be rated to take part.” #RaceForAll
This year there will be a 38ft Beneteau Oceanis called ‘Ellie B’, out on the start line with a crew of five visually impaired individuals and three sighted supporting team members. The crew range from mid 30’s to mid 60’s and will all get involved in helming, winching and trimming.
Rick Smith, Volunteer Skipper for the Visually Impaired Sailing Association (VISA GB) said: “After 28 years of sailing and racing I wanted to give others the opportunity to experience this amazing race. The selected Round the Island crew are all competent sailors but for the majority this is their first ever race. We will be doing two days of training in the Solent and I’m sure by race start they will be comfortably confident. It is so rewarding to hear how their confidence has been boosted after time on the water and consequently translates into their everyday lives, empowering them to do more.”