Christina Sampson reports from onboard Linklaters Rebel during Saturday's Round the Island Race
The time is 0630 and the two multihull classes have just started the Round the Island Race for 2003.
It may not be the windiest of events on record, and it's unlikely any records will be broken, but as half of the fleet passes the Needles, at least four…
Three hours into the race the breeze had built to a 17/20 knot easterly, with fast reaching conditions to the south-west of the Island.
The wind progressively decreased over the course of the afternoon to a gentle 10-12 knots from the south-east, but provided for some great downwind sailing up the East Solent
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Novice sailors competing in this year's Round the Island Race, which takes place next Saturday, include Fran Beauman and Ania Dykczak, children's television presenters from the programme 'Bring It On'.
The Island Sailing Club's annual race round the Isle of Wight is proving as popular as ever, this year with over 1,500 boats lining up for the start on Saturday
This year's Round the Island race which is taking place on 21 June looks set to be a bumper event with over 1,000 boats already signed up.
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