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Last chance to catch an Early Bird entry!

Author: Jo Bowden   Date: 14:40 Wednesday 27 Mar 2024

The sailing race season has at last started, and with only 11 weeks to go until the 87th edition of the world-famous Round the Island Race, it’s all systems go at the Island Sailing Club (ISC). The Club has proudly organised this annual race since 1931 and recruits over 100 volunteers to get involved, both on and off the water.

The Race Team is encouraging competitors to enter the race in the next few weeks as this helps with the planning and management of the race which will take place on Saturday 15th June 2024. The Early Bird Entry deals will be closing at 23:59 on Sunday 31st March and then Standard Entry will be available until Saturday 1st June.

Launch of the Official 2024 Race Collection by Helly Hansen

The Helly Hansen 2024 Race Collection incorporates some of the brand’s favourite technical pieces for the marine and water sports industry, including a HP ½ Zip Pullover (made from recycled double-knit polyester), Tech T-shirt and Club Hoodie for both men and women with all garments featuring the Race logo.

New this year will be a pay-by-link payment system and home delivery service. More information and order details are available on the event website. The Race Collection will be available for pre-order from Thursday 28th March, with the option of delivery or collection from Cowes from mid-May.

RNLI volunteer crews are training for the Race

RNLI Crew Emergency Procedures at the College Training Facility. Image: Nathan Williams RNLI

The RNLI has been named the Official Race Charity for 2024 in their 200th Anniversary year. The safety of all the competitors is integral to the smooth running of the race and that’s why RNLI Lifeboats from Cowes, Calshot, Bembridge, Yarmouth, Lymington, Mudeford and Portsmouth have been involved in the supporting the event for decades and are strategically positioned around the course. All donations raised will go to these stations and specifically for the training of their volunteer crews.

The seven RNLI volunteer crews involved in the race come together and train at least fortnightly to replicate the real-life incidents that could occur on race day and during emergencies throughout the year. This might involve practising with sailing vessels like those in the race, or crew in difficulty scenarios to ensure they are ready to respond to a range of incidents.

Over £2,000 has been raised so far. To donate please visit:

Membership of the Island Sailing Club

The ISC, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight would like to invite race competitors to become members and is offering an exclusive membership package. Please contact the ISC office to find out more.