The Round Anglesey Race is a legendary sailing race that has been gracing Anglesey’s shoreline since 1966.
47 years ago it was a two day event with sailors enjoying an overnight stop at Holyhead. It soon changed, although the exact date is not known, to become a non-stop circumnavigation of the Island.
The annual race is exciting and sometimes even hair-raising but the chance to sail around the Island’s beautiful coastline in demanding sea conditions is what makes this a race sailors wouldn’t miss for the world!
The star and finish line is at Menai Bridge and the race is a clock-wise course which starts with a navigation down the Menai Strait, under the two bridges and through the infamous Swellies. The race then continues around to beautiful Newborough and the romantic Llanddwyn Island; past Rhosneigr, the adrenalin sports capital of the Island and then up to South Stack Lighthouse which provides the first beacon along the northern coast of Anglesey and then over to Holyhead. The race then continues down the eastern side of the Island taking in the Mice, three Islands which are notorious for strong tides, past the old busy port of Amlwch which was the focal point for transporting the copper from nearby Parys Mountain, down to Point Lynas, an unusual and distinctive castellated lighthouse near Llaneilian, before proceeding past Moelfre and Benllech to Puffin Island, the ninth largest island off the coast of Wales which marks the northeastern end of the Menai Strait. With the finish line almost in sight, the last leg of the race is past Beaumaris straight down to Menai Bridge.
The record is 9 hours and 40 minutes and this year’s race will be held on Saturday 3rd August so whether this will be beaten remains to be seen!
In 2014, the Race goes back to its roots and becomes a two day event again. The date has yet to be confirmed but it will start and finish at Beaumaris with the return of the overnight stop at Holyhead.