Like a duck to wa­ter

Country Life Every Week - - My Week -

• If you’ve never sailed be­fore, the Round the Is­land Race could just be for you. You’ll need to find a boat and fel­low crew—if you don’t know any­one par­tic­i­pat­ing, con­tact the or­gan­is­ers for ad­vice. There’s a handy First Timers’ Guide and a Crew Search Fo­rum on the race web­site

• Many classes of boat take part on the day, from hard­ened, world-trav­elled pro­fes­sional skip­pers and crew to af­ter­noon ad­ven­tur­ers. Each stands a chance of win­ning some­thing and race times are stag­gered from 5.30am on­wards to make sure ev­ery­one gets safely away and back by the re­sults cut-off of 10pm

• The youngest crew this year will be led by 16-year-old skip­per Ge­orge Kennedy of Park­stone Yacht Club in Poole Har­bour

• Blind sailor Lucy Hodges is tak­ing part this year as a Guest Helm

• Both the start and the fin­ish of the race take place in the So­lent, the busiest stretch of wa­ter in the world

• Last year, Prince Harry’s in­volve­ment was a closely guarded se­cret—no one was aware that he’d taken part un­til the race was over

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