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1st July 2023


The legendary No. 1 VIP Spectator Boat including a stop for lunch at The Hut in Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight




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Round The Island Race VIP Hospitality Salamander Spectator Boat Call or Text 07798 524111

THE SALAMANDER LUXURY SPECTATOR BOAT on the water VIP HOSPITALITY spectating with close-up viewing of THE ROUND THE ISLAND RACE. An ANNUAL EVENT, the WORLD’S BIGGEST SAILING EVENT attracting over 1,400 BOATS and around 15,000 SAILORS.

When is the Round The Island Race? 


SATURDAY – 1st July

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. The Race starts on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, before proceeding to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.


The race is a great opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first time racers. Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the race, the course records stand at 3h 43m 50s for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2013, and 2h 22m 23s for a multihull boat, set by Ned Collier Wakefield on Concise 10 in 2017.

Race Organisers and Programme

All timings and events subject to change.

Round The Island Race VIP Hospitality Salamander Spectator Boat Call or Text 07798 524111

Salamander your #SpectatorBoat with great decks for viewing the Round The Island Race

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Salamander your #SpectatorBoat finding the best location for spectating the Round The Island Race

Salamander is heated and perfectly suited for year round use, both sailing and cruising under motor. Feel free to wander around the extensive teak decks with their protective teak handrail as we look for the best location for you to see the event.

Where is the best place to see the Round The Island Race and where to find the Round The Island Race Spectator Boat with VIP Hospitality?


The Salamander Round The Island Race Spectator Boat is normally found in Berthon Lymington Marina, in the Georgian town of Lymington.


Our experience confirms that the normally sheltered waters by Hurst Castle and Hurst Lighthouse is the best place to see the Round The Island Race from onboard the Salamander Spectator Boat to see the boats tacking for position in the Hurst Narrows.


Lymington is therefore the preferred departure point. 

If conditions allow it may be possible to arrange to follow the fleet around the island to the finish.

Bespoke arrangements might be possible to meet guests in Lymington, Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River, Southampton, the Hamble, Portsmouth and Gosport in Hampshire, Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. 

Lymington, Yarmouth, Cowes, Hamble, Southampton and Portsmouth are well served by trains and ferries making overland connections for boarding and disembarking Salamander very easy.

Lymington, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight are unique destination venues for some amazing scenery, with luxurious boutique hotels and excellent fine dining providing the perfect backdrop to combine with some wonderful sailing on board Salamander, a traditional yacht with a classically designed teak interior. ​​

Transfers from hotels can be arranged.


What's included in the price for the Round The Island Race Salamander Spectator Boat with VIP Hospitality?


  • On the water spectating on board Salamander for up to 12 guests.

  • A professional crew of 3, probably the highest crew to guest ratio on the south coast, usually including the round the world owner skipper with tales to tell.


  • Full dedicated steward service on board serving a champagne breakfast to include a glass of bucks fizz, a bacon roll, Danish bites and tea or coffee.


  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee are available throughout the day on board Salamander of Lymington

  • A stop for lunch at The Hut in Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight


  • Parking, if departing from Lymington, adjacent to Salamander in Berthon Lymington Marina, Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3YL



*Lunch not included

Round The Island Race VIP Hospitality Salamander Spectator Boat Call or Text 07798 524111

Salamander your #SpectatorBoat also has a warm saloon for great all weather spectating.



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“Great Day out to watch start of Fastnet Race”

"We had a great day out with Chris and Sue on their beautiful boat. 

Into the Solent then mooring up to watch the Fastnet race fleet sail past the Needles."

ajs London - TripAdvisor Review

The Salamander Sailing Adventure VIP Spectator Boat receives 5 Star Tripadvisor Reviews for on the water events including the Round The Island Race
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