Round the Island yacht race 2012

Yesterday was the date of the 2012 Round the Island race. With over 1600 entries, a bit of a blow and choppy seas, the opportunity for exciting images prevailed.

Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie was co skippering the magnificent Eleonora, a 162 foot long yacht built along the lines of the old Westward in 2000.

Here is a picture of her approaching the Needles lighthouse on the western end of teh Isle of Wight - superb.

More images will be available shortly. Follow the 'Sailing Events' tab which will take you to the gallery.