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Isle of Wight Festival clash means date change for Round the Island Race

Isle of Wight Festival and Round the Island Race. <i>(Image: IWCP/Round the Island Race)</i>
Isle of Wight Festival and Round the Island Race. (Image: IWCP/Round the Island Race)

To avoid a clash with Isle of Wight Festival 2025, a new date has been announced for the annual Round the Island Race (RTIR).

It comes after an announcement from festival organisers last month, confirming the event would take place over the weekend of Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, June 22, 2025.

RTIR was due to be held on Saturday, June 21.

The Island Sailing Club (ISC), which organises the event, raised concerns at the time, saying it organises the race at least three years in advance.

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The annual race, which attracts over 8,000 competitors, will now take place on Saturday, June 7.

Dave Atkinson, race director of the Round the Island Race, said: "We recognise the importance of both events to the Island economy and look forward to constructive discussions with the Isle of Wight Festival and local authorities to avoid this situation occurring in the future."

The decision to change the date has been taken after considerable consultation with local organisations and authorities.

Dave Atkinson added: “To be able to run the race we require certain tidal conditions which only occur on a few days in the racing season.

"We therefore publish the race dates at least three years in advance to enable the various port authorities, supporting partners, safety teams, shoreside agencies, volunteers and other event organisers to plan accordingly.

"Any change, of course, has a significant impact on these organisations, and we are grateful for their understanding and support, particularly the port authorities who will now need to rearrange the early morning closure of the central Solent area to commercial traffic for the revised date."