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.

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

Cowes Week round-up: Day three

Cowes week day 3 salvo

After two brilliantly sunny days Monday morning saw increasing cloud over the Solent, accompanied by a band of rain that provided competitors with interesting and challenging wind shifts.

Tuesday, 11th August, 2015 8:42am

By Rupert Holmes

Shoreside activities during Cowes Week

Cowes Week from the wheel -

Even if you aren't into sailing, there's plenty of things to see and do in Cowes this week. Why not head up and soak up the atmosphere. Red Arrows are here on Thursday this year.

Monday, 10th August, 2015 5:47pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Cowes Week round-up: Day two

Cowes Week 2015 day two

The second day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week delivered perfect conditions, with bright sun and decent winds.

Monday, 10th August, 2015 8:45am

By Rupert Holmes

High standards of sailing in the RYS 200 International Regatta

J Class RATI

After a day of cancelled races on Monday due to weather conditions the other four days of racing saw an International Regatta of very high standards and some days with perfect sailing conditions.

Monday, 3rd August, 2015 8:05am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood