JP Morgan Round the Island Race
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
What - One of the largest yacht races in the word - around the Isle of Wight
When - Saturday 1 June 2013
Where - Starting from Cowes, Isle of Wight
About Round the Island Race
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the largest race of its kind with around 16,000 professional and amateur sailors, including some unlikely celebrities vying to get their yachts around the racetrack and across the finish line in pole position.
Enticing competitors from all around the world the Round the Island Race attracts entries from all manner of boats from classic yachts to modern racing vessels bristling with the latest technology.
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Route takes the 1,800 entries westwards through the challenging Needles channel, south towards St. Catherine's point and then back round to the finish line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.
The sheer number and variety of the yachts participating makes this event a fantastic spectator sport with some great vantage points off Cowes, Sconce Point, The Needles, St Catherine's Point, Ventnor, Bonchurch, Culver Down and Ryde Pier.
2012 Race Highlights
2011 Round the Island Race Timelapse Video
Key Race Facts
- The course is 63.3 miles long and starts and ends off Cowes.
- The first race in 1931 attracted 25 yachts.
- In 2011 the race was the fourth largest annual participation sporting event in the UK, attracting over 1,800 yachts and 16,000 sailors.
- During his term as Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Edward Heath, MBE, MP won the race a record four times.
- The multihull record is 3 hours 8 minutes and 29 seconds and the monohull record is 3 hours, 53 minutes and 5 seconds.
- Live mobile phone GPS tracking was introduced in 2010.
- The official race charity is the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
- Red Funnel has been an official race partner since 2000
To find out more about the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race visit the official website.Official Website...
Ferry to Cowes
Travel from Southampton to Cowes onboard the Red Jet or take the car over on the Red Funnel vehicle ferry.Ferry Travel