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COWES CLUBS ISLAND SAILING CLUB At e Heart of Sailing – One of the busiest and biggest Clubs in Britain with over 1,600 members the Island Sailing Club (ISC) is always very welcoming. e Club offers a packed sailing program with racing midweek and at the weekends. e world famous Round the Island Race, which regularly attracts over 12,000 competitors sailing in various classes, is organised by the ISC. is year’s race is on June 29. From April through to September the Club runs the popular Tuesday night racing, open to anyone who wants to break up their week with a race in the evening. Additionally the ISC runs the Island Business Sonar Regattas (open to all member and non-member Isle of Wight businesses) along with many other annual regattas, events and training during the season. e fleet of nine Sonar keelboats, moored fiy metres off the Club, can be hired by individuals, families or organisations, and are perfect for sailors of all abilities. e Island Sailing Club also offers excellent bar and restaurant facilities with stunning views of Cowes Harbour and the Solent. Menus can be tailored to your individual needs and include breakfast, lunch or dinner. ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB e Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) was founded in 1925 in Plymouth following the very first Fastnet race. It is a national authority for the measurement and rating of offshore yachts, and is involved in the organisation of offshore events around the world. e RORC hosts a busy schedule of both inshore regattas in the Solent and cross-channel races, including the Vice Admiral’s Cup in May and the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. In Cowes, the RORC maintains two locations: the RORC Cowes Clubhouse and the Disrespect in which the RORC Race Team are based. e RORC Cowes Clubhouse is located at the water’s edge at the end of the Parade. e Cowes Clubhouse grounds possess unrivalled sea views over the Solent, and provide a perfect spot to have lunch and watch the days sailing. e Clubhouse is renowned for hosting a variety of social events throughout the year, for members, visiting yachtsmen and guests. e Clubhouse also has COWES 2019 – 2020 twelve bedrooms; four with en-suite facilities and a further eight well-appointed bedrooms with adjacent bath or shower rooms. EAST COWES SAILING CLUB East Cowes Sailing Club (ECSC) runs popular ursday evening racing throughout the season, with a start and finish line off the Shrape. It caters to dinghy and handicap cruisers, with racing in both spinnaker and non- spinnaker divisions. e clubhouse is located behind the Victoria Tavern pub on Clarence Road in East Cowes. Membership fees are kept low. e club has a river frontage with storage sheds, while on the water, there are a number of small boat moorings, a walk-ashore pontoon with finger berths and a deep-water visitors’ berth. ere is also a dinghy park in East Cowes, but no bar facilities. GURNARD SAILING CLUB Gurnard Sailing Club (GSC) is the Island’s premier dinghy club, and is home to the IW Dinghy Championships. It has a full sailing, social and training calendar, with coaching for both adults and youths. It is a friendly club, which caters for both beginners and competitive sailors, and has a lively social calendar. Based in Gurnard Bay, a mile or so west of Cowes, the sailing waters include strong tides, a rocky shore and challenging conditions, making for first-class sailing. e club has dinghy parking for members, and extra space on Gurnard Green for visiting dinghies. ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB Founded over 240 years ago, the Royal ames Yacht Club (RTYC) is the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the world. e London clubhouse has a superb position at 60 Knightsbridge, with views over Hyde Park. Facilities include members’ accommodation and a fine dining restaurant. In Cowes, the Royal ames operates primarily from Shepards Marina where the club's J/70 fleet is based. RTYC organises keelboat racing and cruising events, and has an active younger members racing division. 47