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.

Round the Island Race 2017: Calling early birds

MOD70 Phaedo 3

Early Bird entries open for the 2017 Race the Island Race on Friday 27th January. If you plan to take part, don't miss it.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 10:57am

By Peta Stuart-Hunt

100 young people in recovery from cancer sail ‘Round Britain 2017’

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust sailors

Best of luck to the 100 young people in recovery from cancer who will be taking part in this extraordinary challenge – sailing around Britain in a national relay.

Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 6:59am

By Natasha Elliott

Nearly 400 boats register for 2017 Fastnet Race in under five minutes

Fastnet Race

A new record was set when nearly 400 boats registered to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race in just four minutes and 24 seconds.

Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 6:53am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Line honours for Isle of Wight skipper in the RORC Transatlantic Race


Phaedo 3 Round Isle of Wight Record holding yacht has gained line honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race.

Monday, 5th December, 2016 6:59am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Yarmouth leading light, Sylvia Mence, presented with prestigious RYA award

sylvia mence

Congratulations to Yarmouth sailor, Sylvia Mence, who has been presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA in recognition of her commitment to the RYA’s Southern Region.

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 11:29am

By Marina Johnson

Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing brings smiles to another young sailor

all-smiles-aboard mISS iSLE

A young sailor from Bolton with athetoid cerebral palsy has just completed a successful sailing course with The Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing.

Monday, 21st November, 2016 11:30am

By Tracey Clarke-Sullivan with one comment

Cowes-based crew win Fast40+ Race Circuit

Girls on Film Crew

The fifth and final round of the 2016 FAST40+ Race Circuit saw Cowes based Peter Morton's Carkeek 40+ Girls on Film gain enough points to win the circuit.

Friday, 14th October, 2016 7:21am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Island Optimist stars join Rio 2016 sailors on BBC Breakfast

Mike Bushell, Helena Lucas, Nick Thompson, Alyson Young Front row: Freya Sewell, Oliver Evans, Haydn Sewell, Cameron Hook

Watch four sailors from the Isle of Wight take on Paralympic gold medalist Helena Lucas and Olympians Alyson Young and Nick Thompson this Saturday (21 October) on BBC Breakfast.

Thursday, 13th October, 2016 12:25pm

By Tim Sewell with one comment

Cowes Week 2017: Find out how yours could become the Official Charity


Cowes Week Limited is now beginning the process of appointing an official charity for next year’s regatta. Any charities that are interested in becoming involved should register their interest.

Tuesday, 4th October, 2016 11:10am

By Mary Scott-Jackson

Small Ships race off the Isle of Wight


There were variable breezes as small ships gathered to compete from Cowes over the weekend. Lucy shares this report.

Monday, 3rd October, 2016 4:20pm

By Lucy Gross

Annual Small Ships race returns to Cowes

Small ships

The small ships are back and we have details of the best place to see them all on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 8:32am

By Marcia Carter

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust receives keys to specially adapted yacht

The Keys

Last week at the Southampton Boat Show, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust received the keys to their new, specially adapted yacht. The yacht is now well on her way to Largs and should arrive in the next three days.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 1:58pm

By Emma jackson