Don't miss any of the action from the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2016 with this spectator's guide. We outline the various ways you can keep up to date with the race from shoreside or from home

Race start time: 0830 (UTC)

On the Isle of Wight? Watch from ashore…

As the excitement builds you will want a fantastic vantage point to watch the action. The table below outlines the best viewing points at each stage of the race along with directions of how to get to them. Prepare yourself to race around the island yourself by road or find a spot and stick to it, it up to you!

 

COWES Start

0830 – 1110

Via Ward Ave., Baring Road & Castle Hill to the Parade and the Green either side of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

SCONCE POINT

1000 – 1230

From Yarmouth, drive towards Freshwater. Turn right after 1/2 mile and follow signs to Fort Victoria.

THE NEEDLES

1030 – 1300

From Freshwater or Totland follow signs to the Needles Car Park. Park and walk up West High Down to Needles Battery. Best view to south of Coast Guard Station.

CHILTON CHINE

1115 – 1430

From Freshwater or Totland follow signs to the Needles Car Park. Park and walk up West High Down to Needles Battery. Best view to south of Coast Guard Station.

ST. CATHERINE’S POINT

1200 – 1600

From Freshwater, Rookley or Ventnor go to Niton. Take loop road to Buddle Inn. Park and walk down cliffs by lighthouse.

VENTNOR

1215 – 1630

Park on Cliff at West End of Esplanade.

BONCHURCH

1230 – 1700

Take lane down to sea opposite Bonchurch pond. Take left turn and park in car park at bottom, which is the best view.

CULVER DOWN

1300 – 1830

From Brading, take Bembridge road. After 1 mile, turn right and follow sign for Culver (on a bend, and lane hairpins up!)

RYDE PIER

1400 – 2000

From Ryde Esplanade, drive up pier and park at end. Parking for 1 hour.

COWES Finish

1230 – 2230

Via Ward Ave., Baring Road & Castle Hill to the Parade and the Green either side of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

 

Alternatively you can stay in the Race Village in Cowes or the Royal Southern Race Hub in Hamble where J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race TV live will be shown on the big screen.

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But if you’re not lucky enough to be there in person when the starting cannon fires, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to follow the race, no matter where you are.

On The web

Follow the race on the official website: www.roundtheisland.org.uk

There are a selection of ways to follow on their race site, including on the ‘News on the Hour’, a race tracker and a live blog, but perhaps the most exciting feature is RTI TV.  For the second year a dedicated outside-broadcast production unit will provide live, commentated coverage of the starts and early finishes on race day. This live coverage will be broadcast on EventTV in Cowes, at the Race Hub in Hamble and on the event website for viewers around the world to watch.

Social media channels

Social media: Follow Facebook and Twitter for race news and commentary https://www.facebook.com/roundtheisland & on Twitter @roundtheisland using #raceforall.

You’ll also be able to follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #raceforall for race updates and via the official Facebook page.

And finally…

Check back at yachtingworld.com for all our race wrap and galleries, plus make sure you like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. We will be choosing our highlights from this year’s race and keeping you up to date with the best images and stories straight from this years Round the Island Race