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 Classics Week names their new Chairman

Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week - 17-21 July 2017. Tuesday 18 July Saskia Photo: Rick Tomlinson

David Gower has succeeded Sir Richard Ottaway as Chairman of Cowes Classic Week.

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017 12:06pm

By Marina Johnson

Rapid Race for Small Ships

Rona II

Steady Force 6 winds did not deter the 20 vessels taking part in last Saturday’s annual Small Ships Race.

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 8:53am

By Lucy Gross

The Small Ships are racing again this weekend

ASTO Cowes Small Ships race 2016

The annual Small Ships race returns to the Solent this Saturday (6th October). The start will be off the Royal Yacht Squadron at 0930.

Thursday, 5th October, 2017 10:44am

By Lucy Gross

Win for Cowes-based crew in the 2017 One Ton Cup

One Ton Cup-Winners

Over the past few days the Fast 40 + Class has been back in the waters off Cowes this time racing for the One Ton Cup which was hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Monday, 25th September, 2017 6:54am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

2018 Round the Island Race dates changed to avoid Isle of Wight Festival clash

RTIR - Needles

Following the Isle of Wight Festival's plans to move the date of their event to later in the month of June, the Island Sailing Club have announced a new date for 2018 Round the Island Race to ensure there is no clash.

Monday, 21st August, 2017 7:34pm

By Gabriella Southwell with one comment

Little Britain Challenge Cup: Fundraising event returns to Cowes

Shepards Wharf Marina Cowes IW

The Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC), the construction and property industry's number one sporting and social calendar event will bring hundreds of people to Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes to sail, network and fundraise on 15th and 16th September.

Monday, 21st August, 2017 1:24pm

By Louisa Mamakou

2017 Rolex Fastnet Race: A story of French domination

Fastnet Race 2017

The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race was dominated by French teams this year. Read Suzanne and Alan's report.

Tuesday, 15th August, 2017 8:33am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Lendy Cowes Week: Review

Cowes Yacht Haven

As we reach the end of another week of the iconic sailing regatta, Suzanne and Alan share their review of Lendy Cowes Week.

Monday, 7th August, 2017 8:54am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

All set for the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race


A whopping 400 boats will be on the Cowes start line on Sunday 6th August for this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race - the largest ever entry in the 92 year history of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial 'classic 600 miler'.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 7:52am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Lendy Cowes Week 2017: Day five racing report

Zero II - Cowes Race School

Rupert gives us a round-up of the fifth day’s racing at Lendy Cowes Week 2017.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 7:17am

By Sally Perry

World records smashed at Lendy Cowes Week round the Island race

Mapfre, Volvo Ocean 65 -

Brilliant news in the world of sailing as two world speed sailing records were smashed today in the Sevenstar Triple Crown series at Lendy Cowes Week.

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 6:01pm

By Mary Scott-Jackson with one comment

Lendy Cowes Week 2017: Day four racing report

Another great day out on the water

Rupert gives us a round-up of the fourth day's racing at Lendy Cowes Week 2017.

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 9:37am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments