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.

Inspirational Isle of Wight sailor with cerebral palsy sets off on Atlantic Ocean race

Natasha Lambert at the start line for Atlantic Crossing Race

Natasha Lambert is one of 1,200 sailors taking part in the race across the Atlantic Ocean from Gran Canaria to St Lucia - she's hoping to raise £30,000 for three charities in the process

Sunday, 22nd November, 2020 3:38pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Nothing but admiration for you’ says Cowes RNLI to quadraplegic sailor, Natasha Lambert, ahead of her Atlantic crossing

miss isle boat and Natasha Lambert

Natasha and her crew have received messages of support from Cowes RNLI as they prepare to embark on a 3,000-mile crossing from Gran Canaria to St Lucia

Friday, 30th October, 2020 11:44am

By George Chastney with 2 readers' comments

15-year-old becomes youngest to sail solo around Britain: Raising £7,000 for Isle of Wight-based cancer charity

timothy long and ellen macarthur

When 15-year-old Timothy Long found out about the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust – the charity that empowers young people aged 8-24 to embrace their future after cancer through sailing and outdoor adventure – he wanted to help

Monday, 5th October, 2020 8:24am

By Karenza Morton

Southampton Boat Show cancelled day before opening on Public Health recommendation. MP objects

southampton boat show

Conservative MP says he's embarrassed by council's actions, adding that "If this was dangerous it was dangerous two months ago or last week, it was not dangerous at seven o’clock last night"

Friday, 11th September, 2020 11:12am

By Maria Zaccaro, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Red Ensign now say they’ve ‘not gone into liquidation’. Here’s the note they sent News OnTheWight and the email to outstanding customers

orange pa speaker on orange wall b

Further developments with Red Ensign, including telling customers that their MD ‘has been removed’ and now that they’ve not gone into liquidation - and the refunds?

Thursday, 10th September, 2020 6:27pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Bookings still being taken despite maritime training company telling customers it’s appointing an insolvency practitioner

Man opening an empty wallet

A concerned Mum tells News OnTheWight two youngsters worked hard over the summer to save up £1,000+ for Superyacht Crew training courses with Cowes maritime training company, Red Ensign. Only days after paying, then received an email saying training cancelled and they’re appointing an insolvency practitioner. Here’s what we know

Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 4:29pm

By Sally Perry

Epic new virtual challenge event launched by Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Sam Dore on a yacht

Running throughout the whole September to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Round Britain Your Way invites anyone to run, swim, walk, cycle or create their own challenge to collectively travel the 2,400 miles around the British coastline

Friday, 28th August, 2020 8:48am

By Karenza Morton

Isle of Wight’s Round the Island Race won’t go ahead in 2020

Boats racing on the Solent

It's always a great annual spectacle, but organisers say that although sailing restrictions have eased, achieving Covid-19 compliance on the shoreside would not be possible

Monday, 10th August, 2020 4:11pm

By Jo Bowden with 2 readers' comments

Exciting HD Photos: 133 boats race around the Isle of Wight and raise £5,000 for charity

RORC Race the Wight 1 August 2020 - Rumbleflurg

You might have seen these boats racing around the Isle of Wight at the weekend. Here's a chance to look at them close up. See Rick Tomlinson's excellent gallery of images shot from the water

Monday, 3rd August, 2020 6:54pm

By Sally Perry

What’s the Isle of Wight sailing race on today 1st August 2020?

Scaramouche on the Solent by Lou Johnson

If you're wondering, "What's the Isle of Wight sailing race on today?" we've got you covered

Saturday, 1st August, 2020 3:16pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight sailor Natasha Lambert sets sail from Cowes in Atlantic Ocean challenge

natasha lambert and her family on Blown Away

This inspirational 23-year-old Isle of Wight sailor - who was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair - has set off on her latest challenge, to sail across the Atlantic Ocean using her ‘Sip and Puff’ device and raise £30,000 for three charities

Saturday, 1st August, 2020 11:44am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust launches Virtual Summer programme for young people recovering from cancer

Mark Lamble, Harry Elliot, Issac Stevenson

The Trust went out to the young people to find out what they would miss the most and have tailored a virtual programme around those things. Details within

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 8:45am

By Karenza Morton