Early start: The first IRC boats set sail as the sun rises over the Solent

Starting Sequence: It takes an hour and forty minutes to get the entire fleet of 1,600 boats safely underway

Under spinnaker: The boats stream out of the Solent on the first leg of the 50nm course

A race for all: Olympic class sailors compete in this unique race...

A race for all: ...alongside small, family crewed boats...

A race for all: ...in all variety of crafts, ancient and modern

The Needles: The 1,600-strong fleet round the famous Needles rocks

Half way: St Catherine's Lighthouse on the southernmost tip of the Isle of Wight marks the half way point

Back of the Wight: The huge fleet makes a spectacular sight, sailing across Sandown Bay...

Bembridge: ...before rounding Bembridge Ledge...

Past The Forts: ...and on to the final leg towards the finish line

The Finish Line: ...such a great feeling to have made it all the way round!

Congratulations to our free entry winners!

Three lucky winners of our competition will be receiving free entry to the 2015 race. Congratulations to James Leahy, Keith Harding and David Vinten.

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