Round the Island Race 2015
More than 500 boats have so far signed up for the Round the Island Race (RTIR) 2015.
Now in its 84th year, the 2015 race around the Island of Wight takes place on Saturday 27 June with a first start time scheduled for 0700.
The first entry, always greeted with excitement by the race admin team at the Island Sailing Club (ISC), was announced as Zero II, Cowes Race School.
Skipper James Gair said: ‘The RTI is the best race of the season. I think this will be my 20th RTI Race and no two have been the same, from light wind drifts to exhilarating surfs.
‘I love the race as it is open to all sailors, from amateurs to many of the world’s best professionals, all on the same race course and all with a chance of winning.
‘You can make it as tactical as you want or simply have a fun day keeping the Island on your left looking forward to the party in Cowes.’
The official race charity is the Ellen MacArthur Trust.