Round the Island

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30 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017 £549.00
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Round the Island

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £549 per person

Duration: 3 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

One of our favourites, race your way around the beautiful Isle of Wight to spectacular views and changing conditions. Every year is a different challenge and over 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors make this the largest and most spectacular yacht race in the world.

What the Girls Had to Say

"Rooby was a gifted and excellent Skipper, Carol was brilliant - she was patient and showed skills when needed never getting cross giving me confidence as my skills were very rusty and I didn't realize how much I'd forgotten in 10 years!" Sue, RTIR June 2014

"What an amazing spectacle! I had the most amazing weekend in the glorious sunshine, the weather was fantastic and the skipper was so patient! Keep doing your thing GFS!" 

Starts: Friday, 10am @ the GFS office, Cowes

Finishes: 4pm, Sunday, Cowes


About The Event

The JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Yacht race is here! The challenging 60 mile course gives the opportunity for almost all points of sail as we circumnavigate the island. Taking place on one of the longest days of the year, there are plenty of sunlight hours to watch the fleet spread out over the longer straights and then converge at the pinch points from on board - right in the middle of the action.  You can be one of the crew.  No experience necessary.  We accommodate ladies of every level, competence and age and what's more, whilst we love to beat the boys and we aim to win, we do it in an environment which is fun and calm!


Round The Island 2015 from the Air. See if you can spot us!

The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 


About Cowes

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.


Outline Itinerary

Join us in Cowes at 10am Friday morning for a welcome briefing before a day of training with your race skipper for the weekend. You will concentrate on teamwork and maximising boat speed in preparation for the race.

Both Friday and Saturday nights the yachts will moor in Cowes. After a training day it is time for an early dinner and then to bed, ready for the Round the Island Race which usually starts very early on the Saturday morning. Following an action packed day of racing you will return to Cowes for the obligatory partying!

Sunday is a day to chill and relax with a cruise in the glorious Solent.

Experience required

NONE! Our skippers are all RYA certified instructors and are more than qualified to get you up to scratch!

Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board*
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!

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  • All mooring fees, diesel and water
  • Food starter pack
  • Shower facilities on site in marina
  • Shore-based support from the Girls for Sail team
  • 1 team shirt - wear racing/ashore - it's yours to keep!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing
  • *Accommodation upgrades where available

Other activities

We'll work you hard but we play hard too!  You'll get plenty of time to socialise after the racing on the Saturday night - Cowes will be packed to the rafters with yachties from all over the world so fun is absolutely guaranteed!

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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