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.

Entries for 2019 Fastnet Race snapped up in under five minutes

Fastnet start of race in 2017 by suzanne whitewood

Yachts from 25 countries are now due to take part this year, with many of the entries from further afield making the passage across to the UK in the Transatlantic Race 2019.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 8:45am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Isle of Wight welcomes two major yacht races for 2019

Fastnet Race at Cowes - Suzanne Whitewood

Cowes will welcome the world’s oldest, most respected and most challenging of oceanic races dating back more than a century and a half later this year.

Monday, 7th January, 2019 8:54am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Miss Isle’s entry for Atlantic crossing challenge now confirmed

blown away miss isle sip and puff yacht and insert

This time next year, inspirational Isle of Wight sailor, Natasha Lambert, will be embarking on the challenge of crossing the Atlantic in her new yacht, Blown Away, using just 'sip and puff' technology.

Friday, 7th December, 2018 10:08am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Don’t miss Isle of Wight sailors on your TV screens

XOD with John Sergeant

Look out for Michael Buerk and John Sergeant on your TV screens tonight when they'll be sailing in the Solent with the XOD class sailors from Cowes Corinthian YC.

Friday, 30th November, 2018 11:45am

By Tina Scott

Small Ships Race returns to Solent this weekend with added Tall Ships

Jolie Brise (right) overtaking Pegasus (left) at the start of a previous Small Ships Race

The best place to watch the event on Saturday will be on Cowes seafront near the Royal Yacht Squadron cannon: there'll be a Parade of Sail from 0915 with race starts expected from 1000.

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 3:17pm

By Max Mudie

First boats return from Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Sevenstar- Paul Wyeth.

Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy took line honours in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race yesterday in an elapsed time of eight days, four hours, 14 minutes and 49 seconds.

Tuesday, 21st August, 2018 9:15am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Ryde Cox represents at Commonwealth Beach Rowing Sprint Championships

England Team. Ryde R. C. Member Sharon Ayles on the left

Ryde Rowing Club member, Sharon Ayles, coxed the England Mixed Coxed Coastal Quad – and also supported the management and coaching of the England squad at the Commonwealth Beach Rowing Sprint Championships.

Monday, 20th August, 2018 7:55am

By Steve Bull

Little sleep for crews in 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

sevenstar round britain and ireland challenge

Did you spot the 28 boat sailing past the Isle of Wight on Sunday? They started from Cowes and are racing around Britain and Ireland this week.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 4:32pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Sailors prepare for toughest of all yacht races, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race


Spare a thought from noon on Sunday for the 30 entries taking part in one of the toughest yacht races ever - the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - as it leaves Cowes and heads clockwise around the Isle of Wight in the first stage of this record-breaking race.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 8:06am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Tracy Edwards scoops Lendy Ladies Day Trophy

tracy edwards ladies day trophy

Lendy Ladies' Day 2018 is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate hundreds of the country's greatest female sailors who make Lendy Cowes Week such a world-renowned regatta.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 8:29am

By Mary Scott-Jackson

Cowes Sailability Club makes regatta accessible to disabled Islanders

Cowes Sailability Cowes Week

Cowes Sailability Club aims will be once again making it possible for disabled people and their families or carers to experience the thrill of a world-class sailing regatta from the water during Cowes Week.

Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 9:47am

By Sally Perry

Free sailing sessions for the kids with Olympic gold medallist, Sarah Ayton

sailing with Sarah Ayton

Land Rover are offering free sailing sessions with Double Olympic Gold medalist, Sarah Ayton, for kids aged 8-18 during Cowes Week.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 4:32pm

By Jake Presley