Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race open at 00.01 this Friday (January 3).

The first competitor to sign-up on opening day will win a bottle of Mermaid Gin, and the next 20 will be placed in a draw to win one of four additional bottles of the highly regarded spirit, hand-crafted on the Isle of Wight.

Last year there was a record first-day entry total of 151 competitors taking advantage of the early-bird discount to register their entry.

The 2020 edition of the Round the Island Race takes place on Saturday 30 May, a few weeks earlier than usual to accommodate tidal conditions.

Described as a ‘Race for All’, the event welcomes sailors from all over the world, with professional sailors, families and first-time racers competing next to one another around the stunning coastline of the Isle of Wight.

This year, organisers are offering Gift Vouchers for the race which are redeemable against the race entry fee.

The vouchers, in printed or electronic form, are available at giftpro.roundtheisland.org.uk

Early Bird entries are available online until February 1 and competitors are encouraged to get their entries in early to take advantage of the discounts on offer.