Rossborough Round the Island Race 2019 now open for entries

With a track record dating back to around 1931, the 2019 edition of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s ‘Rossborough Round the Island Race’ is now open for entries.

Scheduled for Sunday 04 August, this 45-mile race is open to all boats, local and visiting alike, in the sports boat, cruiser/racer and sport catamaran classes. Some 25 boats crewed by over one hundred competitors are expected to come to the line for an 08:00 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 arrive by lunchtime, given a fair breeze.

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Image: Rossborough Round the Island Race start © Simon Ropert


‘We’re very proud to be sponsoring this long-standing and prestigious event for the fourth 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 and would encourage everyone to get involved, whether you’re racing or spectating,’ 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. It is a real delight and honour to have the continued support of such a respected Island business with an equally considerable heritage. Such support truly adds to the prestige, attraction and excitement of the event.’

There are trophies and prizes to be won in all classes. Boats racing in the cruiser/racer classes will be competing for the Club’s ancient and prestigious Jesse Boot and Cabot Memorial trophies. The clubhouse is expected to be packed for the prize-giving and supper that Sunday evening.

 For those intending to race, the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are available on-line at The closing date for entries is Wednesday 31 July at 2pm. Boats are to enter by completing the online entry form at

Further information is available from the club administrator, please call +44 (0)1534 745783 or email