The Round the Island Race, is a yacht racing extravaganza regularly attracting over 1,600 boats and 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world.  Competitors come from all over the UK and Europe and as far away as the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight.

Starting on the  Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes every 10 minutes from 0530 to 0710, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the race, the course records stand at 3h 43m 50s for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2013, and 2h 23m 23s for a multihull boat, set by Lloyd Thornburg on Phaedo^3 in 2016.

Charter Options

Regardless of whether you have never done the race before or have done it every year for as long as you can remember LV Yachting has a range of boats available to charter for this iconic and much loved race.


The Round the Island Race forms part of Round 2 of the FAST40+ circuit and is combined with a day of windward leeward racing in the centre of the Solent on Friday.

Signal 8 – Kerr 40 available to charter

Vulcan  – GP42 available to charter

Antilope – Gran Soleil 46

Venomous  – Farr 60

Individual berths available for £675

Keronimo – Kerr 40

Spectate the Race

If the racing sounds far too active then you can watch the racing from the comfort of Condor with refreshments and lunch provided onboard.