The Windeler Cup is a new race for small keelboats that will run on the same day as the main Round the Island Race, Saturday 3 July 2021. The race is designed to allow boats which are too small to safely participate in the annual circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight to join in the excitement of the Round the Island Race weekend.
Instead of sailing the full 50 mile course of the main race, boats from the Daring, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Mermaid, Redwing, Sunbeam, Swallow, Sonar, Squib, RS Elite, Victory and XOD classes will compete in a 'Round the Solent' race for the Windeler Cup. The race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, shortly after the main Round the Island fleet is underway, and will follow a course around the Western Solent, taking advantage of favourable tides to finish back on the RYS line in Cowes.
The race has been named the 'Windeler Cup' after Major Cyril Windeler, who created the Round the Island Race in 1931 as an opportunity for owners of smaller yachts to enjoy a 'bigger than usual' competition. It is in this spirit that the Island Sailing Club has introduced the new race and addressed the desires of smaller keelboats who would like to take part in the main race.
Last updated 11:04am on 16 April 2021