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.

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

Registration opens for 90th Fastnet Race

Fastnet Rock - rorc

Registration opens today for the Fastnet Race which starts off Cowes on 16th August 2015.

Monday, 12th January, 2015 9:23am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Isle of Wight sailors in first edition of yacht race

Lupa of London-RORC:

Several top Isle of Wight offshore sailors have been taking part in the first edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s new race from Lanzarote to the spice island of Grenada in the Caribbean.

Thursday, 18th December, 2014 9:49am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

New Cowes breakwater could bring investment and new jobs says Harbour Commission

New Cowes Breakwater & Victoria Marina East Cowes Development Plan:

New detached Cowes Breakwater, delivered by Cowes Harbour Commission, unlocks the harbour’s potential and creates catalyst for investment and job opportunities.

Monday, 15th December, 2014 12:26pm

By Louisa Mamakou with 2 readers' comments

Disappointment for Island sailor in Extreme Series Racing

Extreme Series Racing

Disappointment for Island sailor Leigh McMillan and his team, but at least they had the satisfaction of gaining a place on the last day and finishing in second place in Act 8, as well as being second in the Series overall.

Monday, 15th December, 2014 8:21am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Lifetime Commitment Award for Seaview’s Suki

Suki Pountney and HRH Princess Anne

Suki Pountney received the award recognition of her efforts in nurturing the club’s young sailors and raising significant funding

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 2:44pm

By Susie Nation-Grainger with one comment

America’s Cup World Series heading for the Solent

The launch of the 1851 Trust. Portsmouth. UK. Admiral Lord Nelson School pupils and Sir Ben Ainslie pictured painting HMS Victory on the walls of the new Ben Ainslie Racing HQ

Last held in British waters in 2011, the America's Cup World Series returns to the Solent in the next two years, with Sir Ben Ainslie racing for Britain.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 9:44am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Replacement breakwater planned for Yarmouth

Yarmouth breakwater

The expected cost is in the order of £10 million and the commissioners expect that the whole project is likely to take five years.

Monday, 17th November, 2014 9:28am

By Sally Perry with one comment

East Cowes Marina dredging works starts today

After the next three weeks' work, the Marina will be able to take much deeper boats. OnTheWight has got the background on the works and details of what's happening.

Tuesday, 4th November, 2014 10:33am

By Simon Perry

Island sailor Suki Pountney to receive Lifetime Commitment Award

Suki Pountney

Congratulations to Suki, sounds like the award is very well-deserved!

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 4:31pm

By Marina Johnson

Have your say on the future of Cowes Harbour

Cowes Harbour

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has today launched its first online consultation aimed at assisting the Commission during a major review of the vision, strategic objectives, plans and policies for Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 28th October, 2014 2:44pm

By Louisa Mamakou