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.

Round the Island Race 2016 to get a Royal send off

Prince Michael of Kent

Prince Michael of Kent GCVO will be the official Race Starter for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 2nd July 2016.

Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 10:03am

By Peta Stuart-Hunt

Ladies Day returns to Cowes Week for the 11th time

ladies day at cowes week

One third of the 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta will be women. Ladies Day returns on 9th August for its 11th year.

Thursday, 19th May, 2016 1:55pm

By Kate Johnson with 2 readers' comments

FAST40s hit the Solent as regatta season gets underway

Otra Vez Winners Fast 40s

The RORC Easter Challenge kicked off the sailing season in the Solent over Easter.

Monday, 4th April, 2016 8:38am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

The Isle of Wight gets ready for the summer season of yachting regattas

Fast 40

The season kicks off this coming weekend with the Easter Challenge and is followed throughout the year by countless yachting regattas. All hosted from Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016 11:07am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Brading Haven Yacht Club shortlisted for RYA Club of the Year Award 2016

Brading sailing club

Well done to everyone who have worked so hard at Brading Haven Yacht Club in St Helens to reach the top five shortlist.

Monday, 8th February, 2016 3:06pm

By Gemma Wall with one comment

‘Bart’ remembered at launch of 2016 Great South Run

Ben Ainslie

Most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Ben Ainslie, launches the world’s leading ten mile running event in memory of sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who tragically lost his life in an America's Cup training accident in May 2013.

Wednesday, 27th January, 2016 8:15am

By Kerry Simpson

Amazing result for Isle of Wight sailor as Extreme 40s Series finishes

The final act of the Extreme 40s Series comes to an end in Sydney. It was a challenging and tense end to the series, but Isle of Wight sailor, Leigh McMillan, did not disappoint.

Monday, 14th December, 2015 8:21am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Solitaire du Figaro: World’s leading annual solo sailing race heads to Cowes

Solitaire du Figaro

There'll be an exciting five-day public event to Cowes as part of the Island’s colourful ‘Festival of the Sea’ celebrations.

Wednesday, 9th December, 2015 3:55pm

By Emma Harris

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