Yachts are racing around the Isle of Wight today (Saturday August 1).

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is hosting Race The Wight - which has replaced the Channel Race, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The fleet set off from Cowes this morning and is due to finish back in Solent later, having raced for 50 nautical miles around the Island.

It is taking place in support of the NHS and the Scaramouche Sailing Trust.

It sees boats back on the water for a large-scale sailing event, in a Covid-19 friendly way.

RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone said: “A race around the Isle of Wight (for those who can), is a great compromise, as crews can enjoy a distance race with an offshore element whilst still remaining close to the Solent.”

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