J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
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“The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race (Saturday 21st June) is one of the largest participation sporting events in the UK and the largest yacht race of its kind in the world. Organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, it is dubbed ‘Britain's favourite yacht race’, regularly attracting around 1,500 boats and 16,000 competitors”
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It's been a busy few weeks for Sir Ben Ainslie with the "royal" launch of his BAR team as the British Challenger for the America's Cup.
He's now looking forward to getting on the water to race with many of his new America's Cup team in the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday .
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race is a very special one for Dame Ellen MacArthur.
She'll be racing with young people from her charity, the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust.
She says the young people are looking forward to one particular part of the race...
Lord Grade will be taking part in the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race on Saturday.
He's racing in a 50 foot yacht with friends and family.
Lord Grade has recently joined Sir Ben Ainslie's challenge to bring the America's Cup back to Britain. Sir Ben is also taking part in the race but is likely to beat his fellow board member on the water.
Zoe and Christopher Barker have a special reason to love the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race.
They first undertook the race eight years ago when Zoe had been diagnosed with breast cancer. On that race they raised a large amount of money for breast cancer charity.
This year they are sailing as a family together with their daughters Serena and Annabel.
Mary Stanley found out more....
Ros Henshaw is one of the many crew who are sailing for charity at this year's J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race.
Her crew onboard the yacht "B Natural" is raising awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome after a friend lost his daughter at age just 22.
Ros told reporter Mary Stanley it's her first time but she's been training...
Skipper of the yacht Richard Mille, Paul Campbell-James, is praying for a bit more wind tomorrow.
The yacht is favourite to take line honours if the weather plays ball.
Paul says he hopes the race is better than one of his past attempts...
RAF Fighter pilot Andy Green is planning to break the World Land Speed Record in 2016. He's hoping to travel at 1000 miles per hour.
On Saturday he will be travelling a little slower as he takes part in the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
Reporter Mary Stanley spoke to him before the race
Question Time presenter David Dimbleby is to fire the canon for the start of the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
David arrived at Cowes as the yachts begin to gather for the annual race, the largest of its kind in the world.
In his popular TV programme he sailed his boat "Rocket" around the British Isles, gaining a tattoo in Plymouth. David was happy to reveal the resulting scorpion his fellow competitors.
Sixteen year old Nilani Chandradeva will be sailing in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race for the first time on Saturday.
She's been given the opportunity by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
Mary Stanley found out what it means to her...
Every year in June, up to 1,500 boats and around 16,000 sailors come from all over the UK and mainland Europe and from as far away as the USA and Australia to converge on Cowes, Isle of Wight, for a one-day yacht racing spectacular. They are there to compete in the famous J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, and to follow its notorious 50 nautical mile course heading west from Cowes around the Island.
Today, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is a festival of sailing that is as keenly followed ashore as it is afloat.
BBC Radio Solent's Neil Sackley previews this year's race