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Two of the world’s biggest sailing races, the Round the Island Race and Barcolana Regatta (Italy) have come together to sign a twinning agreement.

Signed by Commodore Dave Atkinston on behalf of Round the Island Race and President Mitja Gialuz of the Barcolana Regatta, the twinning agreement is set to encourage the world famous sailing events to share knowledge on safety and best practice whilst working together to promote common values such as creating a race for all and protecting the environment.

The Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, takes place on 29 June and is the largest sailing event in the UK, with more than 1,500 yachts regularly competing for more than 200 prizes. Barcolana Regatta presented by Generali is organised by Societa Velica di Barcola e Grignano and is also known for its popularity with nearly 2,700 yachts participating in 2018, making it officially the world’s largest regatta in The Guinness Book of World Records. Now in its 51st year, the regatta is held every year on the second Sunday of October in Trieste, Italy.

Crews from the Island Sailing Club and Societa Velica di Barcola e Grignano will be competing in both world-famous races to learn from each other and share best practice and their passion for sailing.

Dave Atkinson said: “The Round the Island Race has drawn celebrities, professional sailors as well as families and amateur sailors to Cowes for over 80 years. We are proud to be a ‘race for all’ and I am looking forward to welcoming Mitja and the crews from Societa Velica di Barcola e Grignano to Cowes.

“The twinning agreement cements our relationship with the Barcolana Regatta and we hope that it will lead to a bigger goal of creating a sailing ‘Grand Slam’ for all to enjoy.”

Mitja Gialuz said: “Round the Island race and Barcolana share the objective of promoting sailing and its spirit. I would like to personally thank the Island Sailing Club for inviting us to Cowes to take part in the Round the Island Race this year.

Sailors interested in participating in the Round the Island Race will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest news on social media using the hashtag #raceforall and can enter online on the Round the Island Race website:

The 51st Barcolana race will be held in Trieste on 13 October. Entries for the race are already open online on the website at