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Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm in the race around the Isle of Wight

Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm of Rebel during the J P Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Yachts pass The Needles during the J P Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm of Rebel in the race around the Isle of Wight Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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Sails fill The Solent in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race

Chalk cliffs tower over the yacht crews as they approach The Needles Credit: OnEdition
The Solent speckled with sails as the fleet heads off on the JP Morgan Round the Island Race Credit: OnEdition
The JP Morgan Round the Island Fleet pass The Needles Credit: OnEditioin
Boats racing past the well known landmark of the island. The St Catherines Lighthouse for the JP Morgan Round the Island Race 2014. Credit: OnEdition
Tthe fleet bunch up near the Needles in light winds at the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014. Credit: OnEdition

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Nearly 1,600 yachts prepare to take place in the Round the Island Race

Sunrise last year as yachts prepared to compete in the Round the Island Race off Cowes, Isle of Wight. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the largest yacht race of its kind in the world - it's also one of the the largest participation sports held in the UK every year. Professionals and amateur sailors from across the world take part, all competing on equal terms.

This Saturday marks the 83rd edition of the Round the Island Race, hosted and run by the Cowes-based Island Sailing Club. The starting gun fires at 0630 sending the massive fleet from Cowes on the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight.

The Race started in 1931 with 25 boats and on Saturday 21st June - the longest day - there will be in excess of 1580 yachts competing.

Appeal for bus passengers to help find missing woman

Victoria Bailey hasn't been seen since Saturday 7th June Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police on the Isle of Wight searching for missing 53-year-old woman Victoria Bailey are urging bus passengers who may have seen her on Saturday, June 7, to come forward.Victoria was reported missing from her home in Red Road, Wootton Bridge, Ryde at 12.30pm.

She was then seen at 2.18pm in Freshwater as she was getting off the number 12 bus. Victoria is then believed to have walked towards Tennyson Trail. She was wearing sunglasses, a beige/brown jacket, dark top, scarf, and blue jeans at this time.

A further possible sighting of Victoria has now been reported to officers. This was near to the entrance of Afton Farm on the B3399 at around 5pm on Saturday, June 7. Searches are now being undertaken in this area. Anyone who may have seen Victoria there is also being urged to contact police.

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 - music and / or football!

Thousands of people have travelled to the Isle of Wight for this weekend's annual music festival. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Calvin Harris and Kings of Leon are just some of the acts performing this year.

Making a choice between watching England in the World Cup tonight or the big act of the day was a dilemma for some. A big screen has been set up on site to show the match. We asked some festival-goers, including former Pompey goalie David James, what they would be doing. Dave Russell reports.

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