AIR RACING TO RETURN TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT IN MAY AT SANDOWN AIRPORT
It’s been almost 10 years since the last air race took place in the skies above the Isle of Wight, but in less than 2 weeks’ time aircraft will be competing once again – this time out of Sandown Airport.
It will be eyes to the skies on both 12th and 13th May as many different types of fixed-wing aircraft compete in The Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association handicap races – known as the ‘3Rs’.
The route will see the competitors take off from Island Airport at Sandown before flying over Apse Heath and Godshill, turning at Chale to follow the coastline around to St Catherine’s Point, Ventnor, Luccombe, Shanklin, across Sandown Bay to Yaverland and then back to the Airport.
The best viewing point is likely to not only be Sandown Airport itself, but St Catherine’s Point and St Boniface Down – the highest peak on the Island.
Visitors to the airport can expect to see all the planes in their full glory, as well as live music, food and drink from the onsite bistro and BBQ from 11:00.
Saturday 12th May will see The Grosvenor Challenge Trophy race take place at 15:30, whilst Sunday 13th May’s racing will be for The Battle of Britain Challenge Trophy starting at 13:00.
Both races will be held over 100 miles, meaning 4 laps of the 25-mile course. The planes will fly at just 500ft.
The racers have already visited Leicester this season and will be heading to Abbeville, Haverfordwest, Sherburn, Shobdon, Llanbedr and Alderney (TBC) between now and the end of September.
If you are looking for somewhere nice to stay while visiting the race look no further The Montpelier is a great place to stay and just down the road from Sandown Airport.