The Other 'Round the Island' Race
SWSA Round the Island Race
Saturday 13 July 2019
8am start at Bald Head buoy, the SWSA Round the Island race is a full day’s racing on your own terms.
Fewer boats than the commercial RTI makes for less anxiety over crowding.
SWSA’s RTI is an ideal chance to test whether you might want to join the real thing.
SWSA Round the Island Course
Start Line: Bald Head Buoy
Course: Needles Lighthouse (P), Bembridge Ledge Buoy (P)
Finish Line: Coronation Buoy. NB: Competitors must take their own finishing times in accordance with SI 9a and 9c, and also when the Bembridge Ledge Buoy bears 270M, in case no boat finishes the full course.
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 and finish at Coronation 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.