Round the Island Race

Saturday 7 July 2018

The Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay is one of the most exciting and unique events on the annual sailing calendar, attracting around 1,700 yachts and 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest multi-class regattas in the world. Competitors come from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight.

Both amateurs and professional sailors take part in the Round the Island Race, giving everyone a taste of competitive racing at its best. Choose from a full boat package or join a yacht as crew for the experience of a lifetime on this truly unique event!

Your boat

Sunsail has the largest matched fleet of yachts in the world, ensuring that no-one has an unfair advantage in the Round the Island Race.

The only way to win is to work as a team and use your sailing ability to get more out of your yacht than your fellow competitors.

Drawn by Farr Yacht Design, the Sunsail Match First 40 by Beneteau is a thoroughbred cruiser/ racer, adaptable for both, to suit the sailors' needs. The interior is modern, spacious and comfortable.


Be part of the action at the largest yacht race of its kind in the world. The Round the Island Race is perhaps the most coveted and certainly one of the largest multi-class regattas in the world, and is the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. It has rapidly grown in popularity over the years among all types of sailors. Sail with Sunsail in our identical fleet of Sunsail First Match 40s entered into their own exclusive racing class.

Charter includes:
  • Hire of a Sunsail Match First 40 from 1900 hrs on Thursday to 1700 hrs on Sunday
  • Overnight marina berths in Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Race entry fees into the Sunsail Match First 40 class
  • Shore-based support from the Sunsail team for the duration of the event
  • Yacht coded and equipped to sail with 12 people
  • Yacht engine hours & wet weather gear

Optional extras

Hiring a Sunsail Skipper and or 1st mate

Sunsail skippers can be hired for £240 per day including VAT plus out of pocket expenses. The skipper will be resident on board your yacht for the duration of the event meaning that you will be limited to six crew members sleeping on board (yachts are coded and equipped to sail with a maximum of twelve people). 

You can also hire a Sunsail 1st mate to help inexperienced crews to gain that competitive edge. They are priced at £210 per day including VAT.


Sunsail offers a full corporate branding service to attract attention and advertise your business at one of the largest regattas of the summer. There are lots of options, whether hull logos, branded spinnaker or crew clothing to sharpen your team’s image. Plant your corporate identity in everyone’s mind by being big, bold and bright on the water.  


Contact us for bookings on 02392 222 221 or email [email protected]

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