Round the Island Race

The Other 'Round the Island' Race

SWSA Round the Island Race


 Start at Bald Head buoy, the SWSA Round the Island race is a full day’s racing on your own terms.  See SIs for times.

SWSA Round the Island race yacht in the western Solent

less stress

Fewer boats than the Island Sailing Club RTI makes for less anxiety & at a tiny fraction of the cost.

Round the Island race founding the needles

Prove yourself

SWSA’s RTI is an ideal chance to test whether you might want to join the Island Sailing Club event. 

SWSA Round the Island Course

Start Line: Bald Head Buoy

Course: Clockwise – see SIs for full info.

Finish Line:  Competitors must take their own finishing times in accordance with SI 9a and 9c. 

Time Limit: 24:00 BST for all classes (there will be no extension).

About the SWSA RTI Race

Our mid-summer SWSA Round the Island race gives sailors of all abilities the chance to experience a longer race.  All within sight of land it takes in the views of the Isle of Wight.  Your challenge is to utilise your best tidal tactics to steal a march on your competitors.  The wreck of the Varvassi and Goose Rock are obstacles to be avoided off the Needles so the book Wight Hazards by Peter Bruce is a useful companion for this race.

The start at Bald Head  makes it convenient for Southampton Water and Hamble River based boats.

Competitors may try single-handed, with a family crew, or even picking up keen SWSA or RYA volunteer crew.

A sense of achievement

A long but rewarding day for skippers and crews, with a pint to look forward to – at the end of this alternative Round the Island race some boats choose to finish with an evening in Cowes or another location if the finish is elsewhere.  See SIs for details of finish.

Part of SWSA's Passage Race Series
your rti will count towards this series