Watch the fleet arrive in Cowes on 22nd June and enjoy the Solitaire Race Village until the 26th June when the sailors depart and head for Paimpol on the next leg of their journey. Click here for more info . . .
Visit Isle of Wight looks to the global tourism market to grow visitor numbers over the next five years.
Visit Isle of Wight has announced plans to showcase the Island at the World Travel Market this November. This new initiative is one of the first activities funded by the newly established WIGHT BID, in which over 1000 tourism businesses are collectively funding projects to increase their returns from the visitor economy through a statutory investment arrangement introduced on the Island this September.
This year the world famous annual solo yacht race is making a pit stop at the Isle of Wight, bringing with it a fantastic summer festival atmosphere and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race is sailing’s answer to the London Marathon as 1600 boats, crewed by some of the biggest names in sailing as well as keen amateur sailors, skim past The Needles, the Island’s distinctive rocky structure, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge and back into the Solent.
Watch the yachts round the Needles rocks and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Needles Old Battery Café.
The boats cross the start line at Cowes in eleven separate groups, starting every 10 minutes from 0700 until 0840 and heading in a westerly direction towards Yarmouth. The boats pass round the Needles Lighthouse, along the south-west coast of the Island to St. Catherine's Point and then up across Sandown Bay to round the Bembridge Ledge Buoy. The fleet then makes its way either side of No Man's Land Fort and across Osborne Bay to the finish line back at Cowes.One MOnth
One Month to go until the J.P Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2016.
Calling all Island dinghy sailors! The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is the only place to be over the weekend of 1-2 March if you’re passionate about dinghy sailing or are thinking about taking to the water for the first time - it’s a great day for all the family!