Round the Island Race

Our cameras were out on Ventnor seafront to film the spectacle of hundreds of yachts taking part in the Round the Island Race.

Organised by the Island Sailing club with commercial sponsorship this race is the largest of its kind in the world.

The first race was in 1931 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. This year 1779 entrants started from Cowes early on a Saturday in June sailing westwards towards The Needles. By midday the main fleet had begun to make it round the south of the Island and had started to stream past Ventnor sea front. It was the from the esplanade and haven that we shot these stunning pictures.

For more info at the J.P. Morgan Round the Island Race website.

Staff Brett, “Memories Fade”
Andrew Wilks for VTV. Check out Andrew’s other work at the Isle of Wight Film Board.

Classic Boat Museum

Find a collection of extraordinary boats from the past in the Classic Boats Museum, which hosts up to 60 veteran craft and dozens of marine artefacts lovingly cared for by a group of volunteers.

There’s some military history there, since you will find the one remaining airborne lifeboat designed by the Island’s own Uffa Fox in WW2, Lord Brabazon’s autogyro rigged Bembridge Redwing and ‘Coweslip’, the Flying Fifteen belonging to HRH Prince Philip, to everyday dinghies, canoes and rowing boats, as well as elegant river craft, powerboats and Marine Commando canoes once used in active service. Visit them to see past elegance as well as practical boats, many of which were built or designed here on the Island.

The Museum has recently moved to Cowes, check their website for more information.

You can also keep up to date with The Classic Boat Museum on Facebook and Twitter.