Kraken Travel

Get in touch to plan your adventure

Close this search box.
Kraken Travel Sailing Holidays
Close this search box.

14th June 2024 to 16th June 2024

Round the Island Race 2024 – First 40

From £745 per person

Deposit Payment in Full
Join us on a First 40 to compete in the iconic one-day Round the Island Race.
Suited to
Individuals, Couples, Groups
The Round the Island Race is open to anyone with some experience in sailing and who would put themselves as a competent crew or above. Ideally, you’ll have past racing experience but not essential. We believe the attitude to contribute and learn
Nights onboard
Vessel type
First 40
Vessel length
Professional Race Skipper
10 crew
Berth Style
Full race spec. with extensive sail wardrobe.
Insurance Required

The Round the Island Yacht Race is a challenging and exhilarating sailing event that takes place annually around the Isle of Wight on the South Coast.

Date: 14 - 16 June 2024

Price: £745 per person

Compete in the famous Round the Island Race sailing around the jewel of the UK's South Coast; the Isle of Wight. Test your skills and teamwork against Professional and Corinthian sailors in this thrilling and competitive annual event.

The race often sees a variety of conditions which means that boats of all shapes and sizes are in with a chance of winning the race with over 1,400 entries and 16,000 competitors. This makes it one of the largest sporting events in the country and one of the largest yacht races in the world.

The day long race itself is also only part of the appeal, Cowes and the Solent offer a fantastic bustling atmosphere with live music and beer tents. Cowes knows how to turn into a Festival venue and never disappoints!

Join the yacht on the mainland, in Hamble - just outside the City of Southampton, connected by great road, rail & air travel links. Onboard, the crew will aim to be very competitive in it's IRC class against many other identical boats and those of a similar speed.

It will also be chasing a podium place to be the first of the sailing schools' yachts over the finish line. Something that was achieved previously  in 2019!

You can choose to sail back to the Hamble on Sunday, as part of a leisurely cruise, or depart from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight straight after the race or on Sunday morning.

Having competed in the Round the Island Race many times and, using our experience of what has worked well in the past, we have put together a two day package to ensure that your experience of this event will be as competitive as possible; with a training day included!


  • Accommodation onboard
  • All mooring fees
  • All fuel costs
  • All onboard safety kit
  • Lunch during training
  • Provisions while racing
  • Professional Race skipper
  • If you would like accommodation off the boat that must be arranged separately

  • Food or drinks ashore are at everyone’s own expense, we will put a shared kitty into drink on the dock after racing

Hamble, UK. Located just outside the City of Southampton with all major transport (road, rail & air) links. Closest airports: Southampton, London, (Heathrow) & (Gatwick).  We suggest taxi transfer from Southampton if using public transport rather then using the local rail station which is some distance from the yacht base; on a slow rail service. Parking available on-site at yacht base.

You can choose to sail back to the yacht’s base in the Hamble and depart from there on Sunday; following a leisurely cruise or leave the boat in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on the Saturday night or Sunday morning. Red Funnel ferry links connect Cowes to Southampton (RedJet Hi-Speed foot passenger ferry between West Cowes & Southampton approx. 20 mins travel time). All major road, rail & air transport links from Southampton available.


Outer Layers

(* – provided on the boat but you can bring your own)

** – depends on your preference for comfort/warmth)

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Waterproof Salopettes

  • Waterproof Boots

  • Sailing shoes for warm weather

  • Warm hat/ ear band

  • Hat/Cap

  • Neck buff

Base Layers

  • Shorts

  • Leggings/long-johns/sailing trousers

  • Long sleeve thermal base layer top

  • T-shirt

  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt

  • Puffa/Down lightweight jacket

  • Underwear x the number of days

  • Socks x the number of days

Sleeping Kit

  • Sleeping Bag

  • PJ’s


  • Personal medication

  • Contact lenses if needed

  • Sun cream

  • Lip balm

  • **Hair ties

  • Biodegradable wet wipes

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Deodorant

  • **Moisturiser

  • Sea sickness pills

  • Towel

  • **Heat pads

  • **Ear plugs and eye mask

Safety Kit & General Gubbins

  • *Lifejacket

  • *Tether (3 point)

  • Sailing Knife

  • Headtorch (with red light) – required if night sailing involved

  • Spare Batteries if needed

  • A battery/power pack for electronics

  • Charge cable(s)

  • Sunglasses (and spare if you’re like me)

  • Day bag for gubbins

  • *Sailing gloves + possible spare pair (especially if you suffer from office hands)

  • Packing Cubes to organize your kit!

Party Wear

  • Clean clothes for getting those prizes on the stage if appropriate (offshore races returning straight to home port won’t have a prizegiving. This is more for the coastal/inshore regattas)