An exciting new rowing race has been launched by the organisers of Round the Island Race, the Island Sailing Club and The Bubbleheads Rowing Team. The rowing teams will set off on Thursday, September 24 from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in their ocean rowing boats, circumnavigating the 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 challenge themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to raise money for a charity close to their hearts, the Wessex Cancer Trust. They will 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.”
The world-famous Round the Island Race has now been rescheduled to Saturday, September 26. Organisers are optimistic that over 1,000 yachts will compete, and it will be the first time in its 89-year history that the race is being held so late in the sailing year.