Published: Monday, 21 August 2017

The annual Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, held by the Island Sailing Club (ISC), will take place on Saturday July 7 2018. The 82nd edition, expecting over 12,000 competitors, will start at 06:30am. 


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(Photos: Round the Island Race)


The previous date for the Race was Saturday the June 23 2018, however, following the recent confirmation by the Isle of Wight Music Festival to stage their event over the same weekend, the Race organisers took the decision to move the date of the Race. 


Dave Atkinson, Chairman of the Round the Island Race Management, explained: "Given the huge amount of planning and preparation, in collaboration with many authorities who assist in running one of Britain's largest sporting participation events, ISC posts the Race dates at least five years in advance to give the relevant authorities, who we need to work closely with, the opportunity to advise the shipping companies and other port authorities.


"They require the time to plan around the event given that the start of the Race is the only time that the central Solent is closed to commercial traffic. Furthermore, we are constrained by the tides each year as to which day we hold the Race. Given these complex factors, we are delighted to announce that we have been able to select another suitable date."


The move of date has been met with support by Visit Isle of Wight's David Thornton, who added: "Visit Isle of Wight recognises that the Island Sailing Club had a very difficult decision to make, but we applaud their announcement. We are exceptionally grateful to them for the change of dates, which will ensure that the whole Island has the opportunity to benefit from this world famous sporting event."


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(Photos: Roung the Island Race)


The 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight is an all-encompassing event and has been run by the ISC since 1931. The Race's unique 'Race for All' ethos caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level. It also supports Official Race Charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, with over £250,000 being raised. The charity helps rebuild the confidence of young people in recovery from cancer.


Sponsors for 2018 include Cloudy Bay, Raymarine, Helly Hansen, MS Amlin and media partner Chelsea Magazines. Race entries will open in January 2018.