The ISC's focus for the 2021 Round the Island Race is on organising a great race on the water. Following the UK Government's 14th June announcements regarding COVID restrictions, we are still happy that we can run the on-water event to the same high standards that our competitors are accustomed to and in compliance with all current restrictions. At the same time, we have taken some early decisions around the usual shore-side activities to avoid any large gatherings associated with the race.

Our checklist below provides full details, and we expect all skippers and crew to follow the guidance before, during and after the race. This will help ensure that RIR 2021 is a COVID-safe event and allow us all to set an excellent example for the world of sailing.


Pre-race planning

  • Familiarise yourself with the current UK Government guidance on social distancing
  • Understand of the current RYA guidance on recreational boating
  • Knowledge of any current restrictions imposed by relevant harbour authorities, including Notices to Mariners
  • Ensure you comply with any travel and quarantining requirements imposed by relevant state authorities
  • Read and understand the Sailing Instructions and the COVID requirements contained in them.


  • Familiarise yourself with the current guidance and restrictions in place at your local marina and wherever you plan to berth over the race weekend. Remember that getting aboard your yacht at either the marina or mooring make take longer, due to restrictions at the marina or the ferry.

Sailing the race

  • Understand of the current RYA guidance on recreational boating
  • Comply with any crew restrictions imposed by the ISC or by the UK Government


  • There will be no Parade Village this year. Competitors and crews are discouraged from coming into Cowes before or after the race.
  • The usual Friday-evening Weather Briefing will take place online only.
  • We expect the prizegiving on Sunday to be limited to a small number of trophy presentations. Further details will be available shortly.
  • Anyone visiting the ISC Clubhouse is expected to conform to the requirements of the Club, which can be found on the Club website.

We will update this page often as necessary in line with changing restrictions and guidance from the relevant authorities. Please check back here regularly.