Round the Island Race


Type:Sporting Event

Island Sailing Club, High Street, WEST COWES, Isle Of Wight, PO31 7RE

Tel: 01983 296621

Yachts passing the Needles in the Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight, What's On - Image credit: Paul Wyeth


The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,000 boats and thousands of sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

The race continues to live up to its reputation as a ‘Race for All’ – welcoming sailors from all over UK and the world - with professional sailors, keen amateur crews, families and first-time racers competing on the same 50 nautical mile course. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes early morning on Saturday 15th June, the fleet races around the Isle of Wight in an anticlockwise direction.

Spectators can enjoy a fantastic view of all the action from many points on the Island’s breath-taking coastline. The start in Cowes is a sight to see (and hear, with the starting cannons being fired for every fleet start), then the boats pass around the Needles Lighthouse, along the south-west coast of the Island to St. Catherine's Point and up across Sandown Bay to round the Bembridge Ledge Buoy. The fleet then makes its way on either side of No Man's Land Fort and across Osborne Bay to the finish line in Cowes. Those who cannot get to watch in person can always keep an eye on the race's progress on the event website and social media.

The Official Race Village at Cowes Yacht Haven in Cowes will be open from 5pm on Friday 14th June and throughout race day and evening until midnight. It is free to enter and will welcome all competitors, supporters, spectators and visitors to enjoy live bands, drinks, food and sponsor stands.

The official charity partner in 2024 is the RNLI that has supported the Round the Island Race for many years ensuring the safety of all participants with RNLI lifeboats strategically positioned around the course. 

For more information visit the event website and social media @roundtheisland / #RoundtheIsland.

Please click here to see 2023 Highlights.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Free for spectators.
For those wishing to participate, see for race information and to enter.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, turn right onto York Avenue and straight onto ferry road to the floating bridge to Cowes.

From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Cowes.

From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Cowes.


Public Transport Directions

Car Ferries to East Cowes, Fishbourne or Yarmouth

Passenger Ferries to Ryde or Cowes

Passenger Hovercraft to Ryde

For bus information please contact Southern Vectis at


  • Round the Island Race 2022 Highlights

Opening Times

Open (15 June 2024)

* Entries will be open on 26th January 2024
First Start 07.30

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