15,000 sailors, from Olympic Gold medalists to those racing for the first time compete in the 2010 JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, a unique race around the Isle of Wight.
The Round the Island Race sees more than 15,000 sailors from Olympic champions to newcomers compete in a race around the Isle of Wight.
Eight teams start a European grand prix sailing tour from the French port of Sete on boats that are so powerful that they can achieve speeds in excess of 60 kilometers per hour.
It is the British round of the series as the eight world class teams and their high speed catamarans take centre stage at one of the worlds most famous regattas - Cowes Week.
It is the Italian round of the series from Trapani, Sicily, with Britain's Paul Cambell James and French Olympic sailor Yann Guichard battling for the overall lead.
Eight world class teams have been competing on some of the worlds fastest sail boats and have now arrived for the finale of the Extreme Series in Almeria, Spain.
Ben Ainslie is Britain's most successful sailing Olympian ever but this year he swapped his dinghy for a 52-foot racing yacht, leading a crew of 12 in the Audi Med Cup.