The organisers of the Round The Island Race, along with The Bubbleheads Rowing Team, have announced a new rowing race which will take place in September.

The rowing teams will set off on Thursday 24 September from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in their ocean rowing boats, circumnavigating all 65 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight, in a bid to be the fastest.

There will be five or more teams competing, including The Bubbleheads, Minds Matter, Atlantic Titan, Team HPF and Emergensea Girls.

The Bubbleheads crew is made up of four saturation divers, all of whom have an insatiable desire to raise money for a charity close to their hearts, the Wessex Cancer Trust.

They plan to use the Round the Island Rowing Race as part of their training for an Atlantic crossing at the end of the year.

Andrew Taw, The Bubbleheads Navigator said:

“The Ocean rowing teams feel privileged and honoured to be invited to one of the greatest yachting regattas in the world. We hope to share our passion for the sea with the yachtsmen and women participating in the Round the Island Race.”

Dave Atkinson, Round the Island Race Director said:

“The Round the Island Race and the ISC welcome the rowers to our event this year. It’s been clear to us during our conversations that they share our enthusiasm for our iconic event. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can complete the course and try to set a record for it.”

As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the Round The Island Race for 2020 has been postponed until September. It’s the latest the race will ever have been held in its 89-year history.