VIDEO Round The Island Race Fleet Sets Off From Cowes As Isle Of Wight Race Gets Underway

Round The Island Race 2016, from the Downs

More than 1000 yachts are sailing Round The Island today (Saturday) in one of the largest races of its kind in the world.

Thousands of sailors, from amateur to professional, are on board boats of all sizes.

Here is the live stream, courtesy of Round The Island Race organisers.

 

They set off from the line off the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes between 5.30 and 7am. They are in the distance here…

 

Boats were still heading out of the river Medina at 6am today…

The fastest boats are expected to complete the course by about 9.30am, while others will take around 12 hours.

Famous broadcaster Ben Fogle getting ready for the Round the Island Race tomorrow
Famous broadcaster Ben Fogle getting ready for the Round the Island Race tomorrow

TV adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle is among those on the water today, on board the Cloudy Bay yacht, which has succeeded last year’s sponsor as the money behind the popular event.

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