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Cancellation of the 2020 Round the Island Race -  RACE DAY: 26th Sep 2020

It is with enormous regret that the Island Sailing Club announces the cancellation of the 2020 Round the Island Race. Since first announcing the postponement of the 2020 Race from May to September, the Club has been exploring every avenue with all relevant authorities to keep the 2020 race alive. However, running the race to guarantee Covid-Compliance to protect the safety of staff and volunteers, as well as the many thousand competitors, has proved impossible.

Race Director Dave Atkinson said: 'With fears of a second wave, the growing number of restrictions on overseas travel as well as the rise in local lockdowns, our hopes of staging this year's race have been dashed. As sailing restrictions have eased, it appeared that safety on the water was becoming less of an issue, but sadly, with Round the Island being one of the UK's largest sporting events, achieving shoreside Covid compliance within current government guidelines is simply not achievable.'

The Club is immensely grateful for the guidance it has received in helping it come to this decision, especially that from the RYA and the Isle of Wight Council. Ian Walker RYA Racing Director, said: 'I am sad to hear that the Round the Island Race, a highlight of the British sailing calendar, has been cancelled for 2020. I am sure many people, like myself, were looking forward to competing in the re-arranged race, but I am not surprised that the Island Sailing Club came to this tough decision. Whilst the RYA have pushed hard for the return to boating that we have enjoyed since May, we have also encouraged the boating community to be considerate and conservative. I believe that this decision recognises the potential risks of such a large-scale event, respects our RYA principles, and most importantly respects the emergency services and the many local communities that might have been affected. I very much hope that 2021 will prove to be bigger and better than ever.'

The Club echoes these comments and planning for the 2021 race starts immediately. The hundreds of entries for this years race will be rolled over to 2021, when they will be joined by hundreds more to make the 2021 Round the Island Race an unforgettable celebration of sailing. The date for your diaries is Saturday July 3 2021.

For those entered for the 2020 but who are unable to make this date, please contact the Island Sailing Club on by no later than August 31 2020.

The Island Sailing Club


Rowing Race: ANDREW TAW

An exciting new rowing race has been launched by the organisers of Round the Island Race, the Island Sailing Club and The Bubbleheads Rowing Team. The rowing teams will set off on Thursday 24 September from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in their ocean rowing boats, circumnavigating all 65 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight, in a bid to be the fastest.

There will be five or more teams competing, including The Bubbleheads, Minds Matter, Atlantic Titan, Team HPF and Emergensea Girls. The Bubbleheads crew is made up of four saturation divers, all of whom have an insatiable desire to challenge themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to raise money for a charity close to their hearts, the Wessex Cancer Trust.  They will use the Round the Island Rowing Race as part of their training for an Atlantic crossing at the end of the year.  

Andrew Taw, The Bubbleheads Navigator said: The Ocean rowing teams feel privileged and honoured to be invited to one of the greatest yachting regattas in the world. We hope to share our passion for the sea with the yachtsmen and women participating in the Round the Island Race. 

Dave Atkinson, Round the Island Race Director said: The Round the Island Race and the ISC welcome the rowers to our event this year. Its been clear to us during our conversations that they share our enthusiasm for our iconic event. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can complete the course and try to set a record for it. 

The world-famous Round the Island Race has now been rescheduled to Saturday 26 September.  Organisers are optimistic that over 1,000 yachts will compete; it will be the first time in its 89-year history that the race is being held so late in the sailing year. 

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Last updated 13:08 on 2 December 2020

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