Round the Island Race - gallery of today's pictures

Round the Island race
The Sunsail 40 class start the annual JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Credit: Chris Ison/PA wire
Yacht off Cowes
The schooner Coral passes The Green in Cowes Credit: Chris Ison/Pa Wire
Ben Ainslie
Olympic Finn sailor Ben Ainslie at the helm of Eleonora Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Needles Lighthouse
Eleonora passes The Needles lighthouse Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Yachts in the round the island race
Heading for the finish line Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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Racing around the Isle of Wight

The 81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, started by Olympic 470 sailor Hannah Mills, with over 1,600 boats heading in a westerly direction round the Isle of Wight.