THE ISLAND Sailing Club (ISC) is to run two major racing events next month.

The ISC Nab Tower Race will be held on Saturday, September 5, followed by the Christchurch Bay Race on Saturday, September 26.

The Nab Tower race sees competitors race from Cowes — eastwards down the Solent to the Nab Tower, situated off the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight.

Once sailors have rounded the tower, the course then heads westwards, to the finish line in Cowes.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Nab Tower, off Bembridge.The Nab Tower, off Bembridge.

The Christchurch Bay Race, however, is run to the west, through the Needles Channel and into Christchurch Bay, where the boats round a mark, before returning to the ISC line in Cowes.

ISC sailing secretary, Ben Ferris, said: “I can’t wait to get the fleets going. We are desperate to run these popular races — especially after all the disappointment this year.”

Open to all boats with an IRC rating or ISCRS (the ISC's rating system).

Isle of Wight County Press: Photo: Island Sailing ClubPhoto: Island Sailing Club

It is a simple process to get boats rated under ISCRS. Just complete the form on the club’s website or pick up a form from the ISC lobby at 70, High Street, Cowes.

There is no charge for an ISCRS rating, plus there is a reduced fee if you enter both races.

"All competitors are reminded of the requirement to comply with the government's guidance on social distancing and other Covid-19 measures, with crews permitted up to a maximum of six people from any household or two-thirds of a boat’s IRC crew number, whichever is the least," explained Ben.

The Notice of Race and other race information is available via or contact Ben by email to: