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.

Confidence lost through MS regained with Cowes Sailability

Andy Barton

With the help of charity Cowes Sailability, wheelchair User, Andy Barton, gains his RYA Powerboat level II certificate of competence and regain lost confidence. Well done to all involved.

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015 7:31am

By Patrick de Peyer with one comment

Island sailor’s tactician wins top award

Sarah Ayrton & Leigh McMillan

Leigh McMillan’s tactician on board The Wave Muscat, Sarah Ayton, has made a huge impact in the Extreme Sailing Series and has now been awarded the International Sailing Federation Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2015.

Friday, 13th November, 2015 7:44am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Launch of the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup

Commodores' Cup

The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup will take place out of Cowes between the 23rd and 30th July 2016.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 8:00am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Disabled yachtsman leaving Cowes to sail around the world unassisted


Keith White is quite literally sailing single-handedly around the world, after losing the use of his arm in a motorway accident in 1991. Keith is aiming to raise £15,000 for two great causes.

Thursday, 15th October, 2015 11:06am

By Kirstie Dyke

Cowes Week appoint new regatta director

Phil Hagen

The new director takes the reins from Stuart Quarrie, who retired following this year’s regatta in August.

Thursday, 8th October, 2015 9:41am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight sailor Leigh McMillan smashes Act 7 of Extreme Sailing Series

Leigh McMillan in Istanbul

Leigh McMillian and his crew have finished Act 7 with an 11 point cushion before moving onto the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney.

Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 7:44am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Isle of Wight the focus of world-class yachting events in 2016

Charles Stanley race

Cowes can expect to be the centre of attention in 2016 for world-class yachting events and will benefit for a change of date for the Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week too.

Thursday, 1st October, 2015 7:29am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Sail sky high to see on the edge, close racing action (aerial video)

barts bash 2015 seb godsmark

Watch the thrills and spills of Sunday's close racing action out on the Solent with this aerial video shot by Seb Godsmark.

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015 8:28pm

By Sally Perry

Lots to see at the Southampton Boat Show

Boat show 2015 Opening

Suzanne and Alan found lots to see at the Southampton Boat Show which continues until Sunday 20th September.

Friday, 18th September, 2015 8:09am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Islanders all set for the 2015 Southampton Boat Show

Southampton Boat Show

There'll be lots to see and do at the Southampton Boat Show next week. Suzanne and Alan provide their annual round-up of what's on offer.

Thursday, 3rd September, 2015 7:19am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Island sailor heads to Hamburg and St. Petersburg for Extreme Sailing Series

The Wave Muscat

Island sailor Leigh McMillan and his crew on The Wave, Muscat are on top of the series leaderboard after the last two Acts of this year’s Extreme Racing Series.

Tuesday, 25th August, 2015 9:29am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Cowes Week round-up featuring Charity and Art

Cowes week cheque - suzanne whitewood

Cowes Week is always a great opportunity to fundraise for charities and this year also provided ample opportunity for some great art to be seen by the thousands of visitors.

Wednesday, 19th August, 2015 5:19pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood