MORE than 1,580 boats are due to compete in today's (Saturday) Round the Island Race.
The annual event will start at 6.30am when broadcaster and Question Time presenter David Dimbleby fires the first starting gun, outside the Royal Yacht Squadron.
He will then take part in the racing on board a Farr 65, sail no. GBR8652R
Winds are expected to be light, with race control describing conditions in the Solent "as flat as a mill pond" at 6am.
Isle of Wight County Press reporter Martin Neville will be on the water this morning and depending on conditions will update via @iwcponline
You can follow the action from the day's racing via the live blog: