isle of wight | round the island race and jellyfish spotting

I’m on the Isle of Wight (again!) for another little holiday break, this time I’m here for a week. Our first morning here was the one of the round the island race which is famous for being one of the largest boat races in the world, a total of around 1,500 yachts enter altogether! I woke up bright and early at just gone 9am to head down to the beach and watch the swarm of boats passing by. 

After a wander on the beach we took a short drive up to the needles park which is one of the highest points on the coast and definitely had the best views of the race. There is a chairlift system which runs down to the beach below the cliffs which had unbeatable views too, it’s slightly rickety but is such a fun way to get down to the beach.

We took a stroll down the one side of the beach which was completely deserted and half way down spotted this gigantic jellyfish close to the shoreline. It was absolutely massive and probably the size of an exercise ball, apparently they are called barrel jellyfish, I would definitely never swim in the sea again if one of those came anywhere near me!

To finish the day off we headed to Cowes where the boat race officially began and finished, they had live music playing until the early hours with a beer tent and even a supply of nachos until midnight. I was definitely in my element.