Islanders are being told to keep their eyes to the skies this afternoon (Saturday) as the Round the Island Air Race returns for a second year.

The Royal Aero Club event will see around 20 aircrafts take off from Sandown Airport for the two-day competition.

They will race above some of the Island’s beaches – with those in Sandown and Shanklin expected to get the best view.

High Sheriff Geoff Underwood will open the ceremony at around 12pm this afternoon.

Danial Subhani, owner and operator of the Isle of Wight airport, says Islanders are in for a great couple of days:

“I expect people will be lining the beaches as they did last year.

“The spectacular part is when they finish because they all finish together racing alongside our run way at low level.

“If anybody wants to come to the Airport and watch it you’re more than welcome.”

Competitors will take flight from Sandown Airport before flying over Apse Heath and Godshill.

They will then follow the coastline around to St Catherine’s Point, Ventnor, Luccombe, Shanklin and across Sandown Bay, before returning to base.

Tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) racing will commence at some point between 10.30am and 11.30am.

Councillor Clare Mosdell will be there to hand out prizes during the afternoon.