Round the Island Race

Saturday 29 June 2019

First sailed in 1931, the race still competes for the Gold Roman Bowl, the legendary trophy presented by the race’s founder Cyril Windeler.

Little did he realise what he was starting. Today, over 1500 yachts, from maxi-yachts to the smallest offshore categories, and from speedy multihulls to sedate old-timers, with Admirals Cuppers competing alongside families having fun; the race is a multitude of races within a race.

MEC Sail are offering whole boat skippered charter and individual places for this years Round the Island Race on our competitive IRC rated Beneteau 40.7. Whether you are experienced or novice, you can be a member of our team and enjoy taking part in the fourth largest sporting event in the UK.

The three day package includes:


0900 – 1700 Welcome onboard your yacht and meet you skipper and first mate. After a safety briefing we will organise a training day for everyone to get to know the yacht and the rest of the crew. Your professional skipper will teach you all you need to know including sail handling, spinnaker hoisting and dropping and general race tactics. Lunch will be onboard. Berth at Cowes Yacht Haven for the evening. Evening meal ashore and sleep on the boats (or book a B&B if you prefer!)


0600 – 0700 Leave Cowes early for the start of the race. The race generally takes about 8 hours depending on the weather. Lunch will be at a convenient time during the race and refreshments and snacks are available throughout. Enjoy not only the competitive racing, but the spectacle of a mass of spinnakers and yachts filling the Solent.

1600 approx After the race, berth back at Cowes Yacht Haven for a well earned drink and enjoy the celebrations. We will make a dinner reservation to make the day complete.


After breakfast ashore, enjoy a leisurely sail heading back to Southampton to finish early afternoon.

What’s Included:

  • Beneteau 40.7 yacht for three days with racing sails and spinnakers
  • Professional skipper and first mate
  • Two nights accommodation onboard
  • Race entry fees and berthing fees
  • Wet weather and lifejackets
  • Breakfast Saturday
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday
  • Hot and soft drinks and snacks for three days
  • Celebratory beer or wine onboard after the race
  • General boat expenses

Not Included:

  • Meals ashore
  • Personal insurance


Beneteau 40.7 – £695 per person

Whole boat skippered charter also available – please call for prices and details

To book your place or to discuss a whole boat charter, please call Maria McCarthy on 07771 632574