Heave ho!

Cowes is home to one of the most famous sailing regattas in the World, Cowes Week, so it’s little wonder readers have a keen interest in the sport of sailing.

With the many sailing clubs around the Wight, Islanders prove that it’s a ‘sport for all’ and not just those with the means. Here you’ll find all news relating to the sport and leisure activity of sailing.

Olympians and charity: All part of Round the Island Race (gallery)

RTIR 2015 - sjp start in Cowes

The weather was glorious for spectators as well as those competing in the 2-015 Round the Island Race on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who shared their shots with OnTheWight.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 8:16am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Round the Island Race: Find out who’s taking part and how to watch

Luscent Swells Green

Check out this preview (including spectator guide) from Peta of tomorrow's Round the Island Race, which starts in Cowes at 7am.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 4:30pm

By Peta Stuart-Hunt

Island sailor, Leigh McMillan, taking the lead in Extreme 40s racing

Cardiff Extreme Series:

After this important win Leigh will be back on the Island next weekend to be part of the Oman Sail entry in this year’s Round the Island Race.

Monday, 22nd June, 2015 8:25am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Inspirational Island sailor to open Round the Island Race

Natasha Lambert - huge smiles

Tash is one of the most inspirational people we've come across, so it's great to hear she'll be given the opportunity to perform the coveted first firing of the gun that signals the start of this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

Monday, 8th June, 2015 10:30am

By Peta Stuart-Hunt with one comment

Royal visitors on the Island for RYS bicentenary celebrations this week

Royal Yacht Squadron -

The 'great and good' will be descending on Cowes on Friday for the bicentenary celebrations at the Royal Yacht Squadron Although many of the planned events are private, there will be opportunities to catch a glimpse of the royals, enjoy the music of the Royal Marines Band or watch the fleet review.

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015 7:26am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with 3 readers' comments

70-strong fleet confirmed for Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta

Yacht sailing:

Celebrations to commemorate the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta in Cowes are now getting nearer.

Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 9:45am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with one comment

Are you going to ‘Push The Boat Out?’

People looking at sailing boats

An initiative to encourage people get out on the water and try sailing kicks off this weekend.

Friday, 8th May, 2015 2:58pm

By Marina Johnson

Entries confirmed for the RYS International Bicentenary Regatta

Royal Yacht Squadron

Entries for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Solent summer celebration of 200 years, the RYS International Bicentenary Regatta, have reached sixty and still counting, as entries continue to arrive by the day.

Monday, 27th April, 2015 7:59am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Excited ‘Antix’ at the RORC Easter Regatta

Antix Crew

The RORC Easter Challenge - sailed off Cowes - is always a great re-introduction for sailors to racing after the winter break. This year was no exception.

Tuesday, 7th April, 2015 8:09am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Sailing in Cowes this week with the RORC Easter Challenge

Cowes Race School

It's that time of year again and the sailing season really gets underway with the Royal Ocean Racing Club's European season setting sail this week with the RORC Easter Challenge.

Wednesday, 1st April, 2015 11:59am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Are you going to ‘Sail the Wight’ this summer?

Sailing Isle of Wight

East Cowes Sailing Club, in conjunction with the Westerly Owners’ Association, is extending an open invitation to yacht owners to join the annual Sail the Wight sponsored charity race and cruise in company east-about around the Isle of Wight, on Saturday 6th June 2015.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 6:05pm

By Ben Rust

Cowes breakwater construction enters final phase

Rock armour onto the Breakwater -

2015 is set be a landmark year for Cowes Harbour with the final stages of works on the new detached Breakwater commencing in June and construction due to be completed by October.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 10:52am

By Louisa Mamakou with one comment