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Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March. The Round the Island has always been one of the UKs largest participation sporting events and regularly attracts over 1,500 boats and thousands of sailors.  This year the race will be held on 3 July and celebrates its 90th anniversary, and with so many high-profile events being cancelled, the Round the Island is being tipped as one of the biggest events to be staged since the UKs first lockdown a year ago.

The ethos of a Race for All continues at pace this year with the first Windeler Cup competition to set sail after the main fleet departs from Cowes, allowing small keelboat racers from the Daring, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Mermaid, Redwing, Sunbeam, Swallow, Sonar, Squib, RS Elite, Victory and XOD classes to join in the fun with an exciting Solent Race. Also, the race weekend is extended to welcome competitors from the rowing and kitesurfing worlds, who will enjoy their own Round the Island on the Thursday and Friday before the main sailing race on Saturday 3 July.


Dame Ellen MacArthur is calling on Round the Island Race sailors to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer while celebrating the races 90th anniversary by racing to raise 90 in 90 as her charity prepares to set sail again in 2021.  The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is once again the official charity of this years Round the Island Race and you can help change hundreds of young lives by fundraising for the Trust through taking part in the race.  To read the full statement from The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust click here RIR_EMCT_14May_Media.pdf.

For the Notice of Race 2021, entry and guidance information visit the event website For all the latest news follow us on social media and please use our hashtags #RIR21, #90years and #RaceForAll

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Last updated 16:25 on 14 May 2021

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