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.

Intense competition expected for 2019 Quarter Ton Cup

The fleet competing at the Quarter Ton Cup 2018.

There'll be a varied range of designs and diversity of competitors at this year's Quarter Ton Cup.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 9:12am

By Nicola Dawson

Boats descend on Cowes for the RORC Easter Challenge

Fastnet race - suzanne whitewood

There'll be a fantastic collection of boats in Cowes this bank holiday weekend as they gather for the RORC Easter Challenge.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 9:05am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Celebrated yachtswoman shares cross-Atlantic advice with veteran British adventurer

Adventurer Sir David Hempleman-Adams joins world record-breaking solo yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur and her sheepdog Norman at Cowes for some expert sailing advice as he prepares for his solo Atlantic crossing in support of St John Ambulance. #discoverSJA Picture date: Sunday April 7, 2019. Photograph: Johnny Green

Celebrated yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur shares adsvice with veteran British adventurer Sir David Hempleman-Adams as he prepares for his greatest ever challenge – sailing solo across the Atlantic in support of St John Ambulance.

Monday, 8th April, 2019 12:26pm

By Johnny Green

Project to improve safety for boats including ferries at Cowes completed

2 - CHC contractor Jenkins Marine dredger at work in Eastern Channel LR

Anyone coming in or out of the Medina to the Solent at Cowes will be pleased to hear about the completion of three months work to improve harbour safety.

Sunday, 7th April, 2019 6:22pm

By Simon Perry

Nab Tower gets new upgrades to make the Solent safer

New equipment on Nab TowerMar 2019

The addition of a range of new equipment fitted to the Nab Tower should make the busy Solent waters safer to navigate.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 6:07pm

By Hayley Griffith with one comment

Safety bulletin for mariners who use GPS

Man sailing

If your GPS is more than ten years old or it’s had no firmware updates then you’re definitely at higher risk of your GPS not working from 6 April. Find out more.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019 2:26pm

By Samantha Sinclair with one comment

Charity offers free sailing experience for six Isle of Wight 12 to 18-year-olds this autumn

Ocean Youth Sailing Trust 2

There's a chance for six young Islanders to take part in a week of free sailing during October half term with Ocean Youth Trust South.

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019 11:00am

By Will Matthews

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