Rossborough Round the Island Race 2020 open for entries

by Bill Harris 22 Jul 13:04 UTC 9 August 2020 Rossborough Round the Island Race start © Simon Ropert Tweet

The 2020 edition of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s ‘Rossborough Round the Island Race’ is open for entries.

Scheduled for Sunday 9 August, this 45-mile open event is for boats in sportsboat, cruiser/racer and sport catamaran classes. It is anticipated that some 25 boats, carrying over one hundred crew, will come to the line for the 8am start in St Aubin’s Bay. Once away, the fleet will head eastwards to the Violet Channel Buoy, on the south-east corner of the Island, and onwards for an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the Island, returning to St Aubin’s Bay for the finish. The leaders are expected to finish by lunchtime, given a fair breeze.

“We’re very proud to be sponsoring this long-standing and prestigious event that dates back to around 1931, for the fifth consecutive year. The well-established heritage of the race resonates with us at Rossborough as we have also been serving the Island’s community for more than 80 years. We’re very much looking forward to another fantastic event,” said Rossborough Group Managing Director James Anderson.

Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club Commodore Richard Hall said: “This race is one of the most renowned in the Island’s racing calendar and we are delighted that it is going ahead given the tremendous challenges islanders have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are most grateful to Rossborough for their valued support that continues to add so much to the prestige, attraction and excitement of this great race.”

Trophies and place prizes are on offer in all classes with boats racing in the cruiser/racer classes competing for the Club’s coveted Jesse Boot and Cabot Memorial trophies.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions have been posted at and boats can enter by completing the form at (entries close on Wednesday 5th August).

Important note: Please read this information concerning boats arriving in Jersey.

Further information is available from the club administrator; please call 01534 745783 or email

Abracadabra – Rhys Perkins – Rossborough Round the Island Race – photo © Bill Harris Source

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