Round the Island Race to host official race village on Cowes Parade.


This year’s Round the Island Race is due to take place on Saturday 29th June and this year Cowes Parade is going to play host to a bigger official race village than ever before. This village will feature a packed entertainment schedule including live music and children’s entertainment, as well as an array of food, drink and other stalls.

Sailors from around the World have now only 2 days left to enter the famous Round the Island Race that will see up to 1,500 boats participating.  First starts in the race from Cowes are at 0730.. Overall nearly 200 prizes are available at the event, with boats of every shape and size competing to win individual class and overall trophies. (Gold Roman Bowl for overall winner pictured above.)

Participants and spectators can gather on Cowes Parade where this year’s official race village will have a larger bar stocked with popular drinks and live music can be enjoyed throughout the whole weekend. Children will be able to enjoy entertainment from Randini the Magician.
A broad selection of food will be available from stalls and stands from this year’s race partners Helly Hansen, Raymarine and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, will also be present.

Race Village opening times:
Friday 28th June 12:00 – 23:00
Saturday 29th June 07:00 – 23:00
Sunday 30th June 09:00 – 15:00

With such a large number of participants, marina space in Cowes fills up fast, so one of the official race sponsors, Chelsea Magazines, has collated its top recommendations on berthing options for race day which include local swing moorings off Cowes, as well as berths at Island Harbour Marina, Folly Reach Pontoon, Royal Victoria YC and others.

The Round the Island Race will be continuing to support The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust as its official race charity, which raises funds to help young people rebuild their lives after cancer treatment and other race partners include MS Amlin.

Commodore of the Island Sailing Club, David Atkinson said: “We are proud to have received a record number of entries into the Round the Island Race within 24 hours of entries first opening and we hope that more families and first-time sailors are inspired to sign up in the remaining days until entries close.
One of the main reasons that the race has a reputation as a world-renowned event is because it truly is a race for all. The Round the Island Race is on many sailor’s bucket list and we regularly find that, once tried, sailors return year after year as it is such a unique race.”

Sailors interested in participating in the event will be able to keep up to date with the latest news on social media using the hashtag #raceforall and will be able to enter online on the Round the Island Race website: until midnight on Saturday 15th June.
Other information can be requested from the team at the Island Sailing Club on