UK Round the Island Race. 1342 Yachts Competing

Mike Bartholomew’s Tokoloshe II.
pic by by Malc Attrill

by Peta Stuart-Hunt

How best to describe the annual Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay in one word, one that neatly encapsulates the passion, competition, thrills and enjoyment shared by thousands of sailors each year?

It’s always EXCITING!

Well known South African sailor Mike Bartholomew will be racing Tokoloshe II, a modified GP 42 competing in IRC Division 1, and is now an old hand at this around the Isle of Wight race with a distance of 50 nautical miles.

Tomorrow (Saturday 1 July) when the event starts, there will be1,342 yachts competing, with 11 individual starts – the first start being at 05h30.

The race record set by Phaedo^3 is an astounding 2 hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds.

Follow the race HERE