This Saturday morning, around 1500 boats will line up for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
You can watch the start and finish via a streaming service on their home page here: http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?section=home
I watched it last year on the TV and the sight of so many boats vying for position was great. The starts are staggered for different classes so you won't get 1500 boats all at once, but still 150 boats jockeying for the best start is a great spectacle. Pity those that do a false start and scupper their chances. Can you imagine trying to turn round and cross the start line again when 150 boats are bearing down on you?
All good fun. If you're up early on Saturday morning and can stream it, it's worth a watch.
I'll be there on the sofa with coffee and bacon butty in hand.
The best sort of armchair sailing....