Entries have opened for this year’s Round The Island Race. This most famous of yacht races annually attracts in the region of 1,500 competing yachts and upwards of 12,000 sailors from around the globe. Last year saw the departure of title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management after twelve fruitful years, and organisers are delighted to shortly be announcing the Round the Island Race as the flagship sailing event for a new Presenting Race Partner.
Meanwhile, Raymarine has signed a new three-year deal as the Race Technical Partner and the ISC also confirms that the official race charity will continue being the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for a further year.
Organised by the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes the 2017 race is being held on Saturday 1st July and Eary Bird entries opened at 00.00 on Friday 27th January.
In tandem, the Notice of Race was published online on the 2017 race website. Early Bird entries will close at midnight on Saturday 18th February when the Standard Entry fee kicks in.
Heading up the Race Management team, ISC Sailing Flag Dave Atkinson commented on the ISC’s hope that competitors will continue supporting the Round the Island Race and that the Race will attract even more first timers this year.
He said,”Whatever the outcome of our sponsorship discussions, we will be running an expertly managed race on 1st July and are looking forward to keeping the RTI flag flying high.”