MS Amlin is pleased to confirm the date for the next Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay 2019 has been set for Saturday 29th June 2019.
The Island Sailing Club (ISC), organisers of one of the most iconic races in the sailing calendar, will officially confirm this date during the MS Amlin Press Event held on the MS Amlin Southampton Boat Show stand (F022) on Tuesday 18th September at 14:30 hrs.
The annual Race, which attracts over 15,000 competitors, making it the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs, is a one day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, organised and run by the ISC since 1931. Unlike other high profile races, the Round the Island Race is unique in that it welcomes participants from the entire spectrum of yachting; from families, first timers and charitable trusts, to professionals competing at the highest level.
In addition to the confirmation of the date, we are also pleased to announce that the presentation of the donation to the Official Race Charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, will be made at the MS Amlin Press Event. Presented by John Kidd, Vice Commodore of the ISC, and received on behalf of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust by Brian Thompson, round the world record breaking British Sailor.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been the Official Race Charity since 2007. With bases on the Isle of Wight and Largs in Scotland, the Trust helps young people aged 8-24 re-engage with life after cancer by supporting them in rebuilding their confidence through sailing and residential activity trips.
“Six more young people will be able to sail with us for the first time and start to embrace their futures positively thanks to the generous donations from the race entry fees will this year,” says Frank Fletcher, CEO Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. “The ongoing support of the Island Sailing Club and the Round the Island Race makes a life-changing difference to hundreds of young people in recovery every year. Thank you!”
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust was founded by round the world yachtswoman in 2003. On Trust trips, young people have fun and develop confidence by learning new skills, making friends, talking to others who have been through similar experiences, pushing physical boundaries, rediscovering their independence and no longer feeling alone. In 2018, 25 young people crewed on five Trust boats in the Round the Island Race.
To date, the Round the Island Race has raised over £250,000 for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust; donations which ensure as many young people in recovery as possible can be supported by the Trust in rebuilding their lives