The High Sheriff, as a longtime member of Sea View Yacht Club, has engaged with all the other (16) sailing clubs on the Island, who have come together to organise a major trans-Solent Yachting Relay involving fleets of boats from all 16 clubs to take place on the 24th.
Each club will organise its own fleets and set its own courses and an Isle of Wight Day baton/flag will be passed from fleet to fleet from Yarmouth to Bembridge lifeboat stations. Each entrant has agreed to pay an entry fee of £10, which will be donated directly to The High Sheriffs’ Trust.
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The Relay will be started by the Lord Lieutenant and the sponsor of the event, who will kindly be taken in the Yarmouth Lifeboat from Yarmouth Harbour to arrive with the relay Baton at Black Rock Buoy at 10.45.
A canon will then be sounded from RSYC at 10.50 and the lifeboat will then proceed to Dunlin, which will be stationed to the North East of Yarmouth Pier. The Baton will then be transferred to Dunlin and once this has taken place a further canon will be sounded to mark the start of the ‘Sail Past’ at 1100.
RSYC and YSC boats stationed to the East of Dunlin will then sail past both Dunlin and the Lifeboat. The last boat in the Sail Past will collect the Baton from Dunlin and take it to Gurnard where it will be transferred to a GSC boat.
From Gurnard the Baton will be taken to UKSA in Cowes to start the yachts in the Cowes fleets and from there to the RVYC in Wootton and on to SVYC in Seaview where the fleet of Mermaids will race and the Baton will be passed to Bembridge, ending up being received by the High Sheriff at Bembridge Lifeboat Station during the afternoon. All clubs will be flying the special VesselsValue Isle of Wight Day Yachting Relay flags.