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EVENTS OFFSHORE CHALLENGES Two of the world’s greatest races are happening again this year Starting at sunrise is always a spectacle worth getting up to see is year’s Round the Island Race race takes place on Saturday 29 June. First run in 1931 the Round the Island Race is listed amongst the world’s largest and most famous yacht races, regularly attracting in excess of 1,500 yachts and upwards of 12,000 competitors. is iconic race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, allows families and friends to compete against some of the world’s best professional sailors. Boats range from dayboats and cruising yachts to 100 superyachts and record breaking multihulls. e coveted I.R.C. rated Gold Roman Bowl, a replica of a Roman bowl dredged up in the River ames, is decided on handicap, not necessarily going to the fastest or most expensive yacht. Uniquely the Island Sailing Club has its own free rating system (ISCRS) for competitors who don’t have an IRC one. Running true to the original aspirations of the Club, small boats finishing well into the evening oen carry off the top prizes. is year the Round the Island Race is creating two new double-handed trophies for IRC class and the Multihull Grand Prix and Racing class. e first start will be at 07.30 with the finish line closed at 22.30. Beginning and ending in Cowes, and as in previous years, the 50 nautical mile race will be supporting the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust as the official charity. An entertainment programme will provide a COWES 2019 – 2020 festival of sailing at the race village, this year situated on e Parade next to the Island Sailing Club. Opening time is midday on Friday 28 June. As usual, friends, family and sailing fans at home won’t be missing out on any of the action, with GPS tracking, and regular social media updates keeping everyone up to date with progress on the race. ROUND THE ISLAND RACE 29 June 2019 First start 07.30 Once again the Rolex Fastnet Race has confirmed itself to be by far the world’s largest offshore yacht race. Entries for the 340 available places in RORC’s classic 600 mile race to the Fastnet Rock and finishing in Plymouth were snapped up in under five minutes. For the first time the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race will be setting off before Lendy Cowes Week. Yachts from 25 countries are due to take part this year: 201 are from the UK, followed by the dominant French (winners of the last three editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race) with 8, the Netherlands with 33 and 16 boats from the USA. ROLEX FASTNET RACE 3 August 2019 First start 13.00 13