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.

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

Olympic aspirations for talented Isle of Wight sailor

Arthur Farley sailing

Arthur says it's hard being away from his family, but knows this is a brilliant opportunity to improve his skills, helping him to one day become an Olympic sailor

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 3:27pm

By Anna Price

Cowes Week Ltd announces cancellation of 2020 regatta

Boats sailing during Cowes Week

Organisers say they would not be able to sufficiently protect the thousands of visitors that descend on Cowes in the summer for the annual regatta

Friday, 5th June, 2020 3:19pm

By Cowes Week Organisers with one comment

National Coastwatch back on watch from Saturday

needles coastwatch at sunset

The station will be manned with a remote buddy to assist. If you plan to go out on the water, take note of the MCA advice in the video within

Friday, 15th May, 2020 11:12am

By Paddy Noctor with one comment