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.

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

Paralympic sailing campaign reaches over 15,000 supporters

Paralympic sailing -

A campaign to reinstate paralympic sailing in the 202 Tokyo Paralympics has now attracted 15,000 supporters.

Tuesday, 17th March, 2015 7:46am

By Penny Mordaunt MP

Island sailor Leigh McMillan wins Extreme Racing in Oman

Leigh McMillan on the Wave Muscat by lloyd images

After the disappointing loss near the end of last year, Isle of Wight sailor Leigh McMillan lead his team back to top of the podium.

Monday, 16th March, 2015 8:40am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Racing legends to celebrate bi-centenary of Royal Yacht Squadron

RYS - Suzanne Whitewood

The celebrations in July for 200 years of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes will attract some racing legends to the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 9th March, 2015 8:29am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

RYA Youth Champion Award for inspirational Natasha

Natasha Lambert

Congratulations to Isle of Wight inspiration, Natasha Lambert, for being selected for this well-deserved award.

Monday, 16th February, 2015 4:54pm

By Marina Johnson

Campaign to reinstate sailing in the 2020 Paralympic Games

Paralympic sailing -

With the likes of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and the sailing community supporting them, the campaign to reinstate sailing into the 2020 Paralympic Games surely can't be ignored.

Monday, 2nd February, 2015 5:27pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Girls For Sail, backs Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign

Girls for Sail crew

Girls For Sail principal Annie O'Sullivan, founder of the UK's only female sailing school, is backing Sport England's new campaign to encourage more women into sport.

Tuesday, 27th January, 2015 8:13am

By Myrid Ramsay

2015 prize draw winners announced for Cowes Week

Roger Evans collected the first runners-up prize from Peter Dickson

Entries for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2015 were launched at the end of the 2014 regatta and entry numbers are already showing a 20% uplift compared with the same time last year.

Tuesday, 20th January, 2015 7:56am

By Peta Stuart-Hunt

Fastnet Race ‘sells out’ in 24 minutes

Ellen MacArthur

Despite 375 entries being applied for in just 24 minutes, there is still time to enter if you missed out.

Friday, 16th January, 2015 7:24am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with 2 readers' comments