This year, 28 young people with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust will take part in the iconic Round the Island Race

5 April 2017

Since 2005, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been bringing young people in recovery from cancer to take part in the Round the Island Race .

This year, the charity will be entering four yachts, providing 28 young people with the opportunity to to challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment.

The annual one-day annual yachting extravaganza sees upwards of 1,500 yachts and 12,000 sailors race around the Isle of Wight.

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The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been the race’s official charity since 2007, and so far more £266,000 has been raised.

The 2017 race date is Saturday, 1 July with a first start of 05.30.

Race organisers are reporting that entries are coming in steadily and are already at over 600 which is on par with previous years when the race has been held a little later in the Summer, usually owing to tidal conditions.

Phaedo^3 in Round the Island Race

Phaedo^3 which smashed the multihull record in the 2016 race. Credit: onEdition

TV personality Ben Fogle will be among those taking part in the event this year.

He will be onboard the Farr 52, Bob, which has been entered by the presenting sponsor, Cloudy Bay. It will be skippered by Stephen Durkin.

Ex-Gloucestershire and England off spinner, and the chairman of Cricket for The Lords Taveners, Martyn Ball, will also be taking part – getting his very first taste of yacht racing.

He will be on board the Hanse 385, Mr Blue Sky, skippered by Adrian Page.

“Bally is good friends with all members of the crew, and expressed interest in joining the boat after watching Alex Thomson in the Vendée Globe earlier this year, and feeling the call of the sea grow within him,” explained Page.

“We are all set for competing in the ISCRS class, not expecting to be at the front of the pack for the first leg of the race, but will certainly be competing at the bar later, mixing it up with the other crews,” he added.

Entries for the 2017 Round the Island Race close at midnight on 17 June.


17 January 2017

Entries for this year’s Round the Island Race will open at midnight on Friday, 27 January 2017.

The Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, which organises the annual competition, has announced that Early Bird entries will close at midnight on Saturday, 18 February 2017, when the standard entry fee will apply.

This year, the iconic race around the Isle of Wight will be held on 1 July.

Last year’s race saw challenging conditions, with gusts of almost 40 knots.

Dramatically, the Dubois half-tonner, Alchemist, sank in 17 metres of water just east of The Needles, after it hit the wreck of the SS Varvassi while competing in the race.

Video: Watch as commodore’s yacht sinks in Round the Island Race

The Junior Offshore Group (JOG) racer belonged to the commodore of the Island Sailing Club, Mark Wynter.

No one was injured in the incident.

The winners of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for the first IRC boat on corrected time was Bernard Langley’s TP52 Gladiator.

The crew completed the course in less than four and a half hours.

Lloyd Thornburg’s giant MOD70 trimaran Phaedo^3, tore round the course in two hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds, smashing the record time Sir Ben Ainslie set in 2013 by a stunning 28 minutes.

Worthy Gold Roman Bowl winners Gladiator were on the pace all the way round the Island today

Gladiator sails past The Needles. Credit: onEdition

The Round the Island Race annually attracts in the region of 1,500 competing yachts and upwards of 12,000 sailors from around the globe.

Last year saw the departure of title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management after 12 years. A new sponsor is expected to be announced shortly.

Meanwhile, Raymarine has signed a new three-year deal as the Race Technical Partner.

The ISC has also confirmed that the official race charity will continue being the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for a further year.

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust announces Round Britain ’17

Heading up the race management team, ISC Sailing Flag Dave Atkinson urged people to sign up for the Round the Island Race.

“Whatever the outcome of our sponsorship discussions, we will be running an expertly managed race on 1 July and are looking forward to keeping the RTI flag flying high, so please do sign up from 27 January,” he urged.

Further details will be available online from 27 January.