The annual spectacle that is the Round the Island race has over 1,000 boats entered each year. With such heavy traffic, the startline can be a daunting place. With sluicing tide and a 1.2nm long line, getting a good start can be a real challenge – but getting off the line in a good position can give you clear air all the way to the Needles lighthouse and a huge advantage over your competitors, stuck to leeward and in dirty air. Not to mention that to be over the line will involve returning against the tide and against the flow of many hundreds of boats.
B&G’s RacePanel software, included as standard on Zeus and Vulcan chartplotters provides a highly accurate, high-resolution starting aid that can help you be on the line as the gun fires. Here’s how to set it up.