Round the Island Race 2017

11 Contessa 26s entered the race this year. An excellent turn out. Conditions were pleasant and it was an unusually straightforward sail in a predominantly North to north west wind ranging from 8 to 16 kts but with some meaningful holes on the south and east sides of the island with the wind eventually settling late afternoon from the west. This enabled the fleet to reach and run as far as Bembridge Ledge and to return from there to Cowes on the wind.
These conditions tended to favour larger and longer waterline boats, but as usual there were some respectable Co 26  class and O/A finishing places achieved.

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Racing update

A) National Championships 2017


Following on from a great 50th Anniversary Nationals last year, it would be great to see as many Contessa 26’s back on the water for the 2017 Nationals hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The nationals will be on the 9th and 10th September and yet again, it promises to be another competitive and social event.

Below is a link to the Notice of Race and Entry Forms on the Royal Southern Yacht Club website which gives full details of the Weekend's Racing and Social Functions;

Details currently also being posted on the RSYC website

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Update to 50th Anniversary book.

Jasper: CO 1249, built 1973, kept 1979-1987 on Cattewater Plymouth renamed Jasper, by Anne Davies. Bought in 1996 by Brian Carnell, kept and sailed from her Percuil river mooring. Over the years have sailed singlehanded, over North and South Brittany coast from Cherbourg to ile de Groix, Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly, S Ireland.  


Truly a lovely boat to sail.

Race Training + Supper 13 May

RACE TRAINING DAY AND SOCIAL MEET UP SUPPER 13 MAY 2017 (and forthcoming dates)

Event Information

This is a new event planned by our race committee. It is planned to cater for all levels from our class 1 (IRC) down to Class 3 (Class Handicap 3) levels. Some previous racing experience is recommended albeit light.

However if any members would like to sail over to Cowes and join in for supper in the Island Sailing Club, you will be most welcome to join in for a meet-up.

document Race Training (27 KB)  

pdf Race Training Booking form (47 KB)  

document Race training Dinner (23 KB)

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2016 AGM reports and future events.

The AGM held on 12th November 2016 at RLYC was well attended, reports from the meeting are downloadable, the  AGM minutes are for registered members just log in to see the minutes.

Southern Racing Programme 2017

Saturday 13th May                 Race Training Day with Class Island Sailing Club

Saturday 10th June                Passage Race, Cruise in company and South Coast Rally meet up  - starting in Cowes finishing Yarmouth coupled with mini South Coast rally

Saturday 17th June                Double Handed Round the Island Race

Saturday 1st July                    Round the Island Race

Saturday/Sunday9th/10th September               National Championships – Royal Southern YC at Hamble

Saturday 25th November         AGM at the Royal Lymington YC