Has the klaxon sounded for the last one-day Round Anglesey Race?

Jul 23, 2013 Comments Off on Has the klaxon sounded for the last one-day Round Anglesey Race? by

ONE of the UK’s most famous sailing races is set to make history when it sets off from Menai Bridge at the beginning of August.

When the klaxon sounds at 8am on Saturday 3 August 3 it could signal the last time the Round Anglesey Race is run during a single day.

From 2014 the race will run over two days, taking the 64 nautical-mile challenge back to its roots when sailors stopped overnight in Holyhead.

Organisers want to grow its appeal so it benefits the island economy by making it a social occasion as well as a race, inviting cruise sailors to take part as a round-Anglesey flotilla.

Cruise yachts have been an additional feature of the event for the past three years, and are invited again to take part in 2013.

The Round Anglesey Race has been gracing Anglesey’s shoreline since 1966. It is not known when the two-day event became a non-stop circumnavigation, nor why the change was made.

Anglesey-based events management and marketing firm Sbarc is spearheading the two-day transformation for 2014.

Managing Director Davina Carey-Evans said: “The annual race is a unique opportunity for experienced sailors to sail around the island’s beautiful coastline with all its landmarks and demanding sea conditions.

“Despite this, the event slips under the radar for many people, and that’s a real shame.

“We want to widen the event’s appeal. As well as taking it back to its roots, so it includes a social stopover in Holyhead, we’re seeking to get more cruise yacht sailors involved.

“They may want to race in their own category, or simply circumnavigate the island as part of a flotilla.

“The whole idea is to add a greater social element to the race.

“If we draw more people to Anglesey, the event could be even more successful and provide a bigger boost for the local economy.”

  • Organisers have created a special Open Day to explain how communities, charities, volunteers, businesses and hospitality can get involved in the future of the Round Anglesey Race. The event takes place on Saturday 7 September at the Victoria Hotel in Menai Bridge, from 10am through to midday.


About the Race

The Round Anglesey Race starts from 8am at Menai Strait Pier, circumnavigating the island in a clockwise direction. It begins with a navigation of the Menai Strait, past Newborough and Rhosneigr and round South Stack and Holy Island. It continues past the Mice, three islands with notorious strong tides, around Amlwch, Benllech and to Puffin Island, before racing past Beaumaris back to Menai Bridge.

Racers will look to beat the record time of nine hours, 40 minutes!


Competition – see the start from on board an historic schooner!

The Mail has teamed up with the Menai Bridge Boat Club to offer 10 lucky readers the chance to watch the start of the race from on board a historic sailing boat in the Menai Strait.

You will join skipper Scott Metcalfe aboard Vilma, a Gaff schooner – so-called because the sails are four-sided with a “gaff” rig, rather than the more modern three-sided yachts.

To enter, all you have to do is answer the following question:

What’s the record time for the Round Anglesey Race?

The boat is suitable for all ages and abilities. You must be at the Menai Bridge pier for 7.30am on Saturday 3 August.



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