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.

Sailors head to Cowes for RORC Easter Regatta

Nifty crew by Paul Wyeth

Many sailors came out of winter hibernation to take part in the RORC Easter Challenge last weekend, despite icy rain and easterly winds from Russia.

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018 3:42pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

‘Solid effort’ by Land Rover BAR Academy team at Extreme Sailing event

leigh mcmillan

Isle of Wight-born sailor, Leigh McMillan said it was "a really solid effort by all the guys on the Land Rover BAR Academy team to come away with fourth place" in the first Extreme Sailing Series™ event.

Monday, 26th March, 2018 3:05pm

By Patrick Condy

Cowes Spring Classics: New sailing regatta for the Isle of Wight

cowes spring classics illustration

The new regatta is taking place from 11 – 13 May and will be based at Shepards Wharf Marina.

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 4:31pm

By Mary Scott-Jackson

Entries open for one of the toughest of all yacht races

Brian Thompson_s IMOCA 60_ Artemis - Team Endeavour by RORC

For 2018, an amazing variety of yachts are expected to take part in The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, with world-class professional and passionate Corinthian sailors racing together to sail one of offshore racing's biggest challenges

Monday, 15th January, 2018 8:55am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

IRC European Championships to incorporate Commodores’ Cup 2018

French Win Commodore's Cup

Online entries open next week on Monday 8th January for the IRC European Championships incorporating Commodores’ Cup 2018.

Friday, 5th January, 2018 4:40pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Cowes Classics Week names their new Chairman

Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week - 17-21 July 2017. Tuesday 18 July Saskia Photo: Rick Tomlinson

David Gower has succeeded Sir Richard Ottaway as Chairman of Cowes Classic Week.

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017 12:06pm

By Marina Johnson

Rapid Race for Small Ships

Rona II

Steady Force 6 winds did not deter the 20 vessels taking part in last Saturday’s annual Small Ships Race.

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 8:53am

By Lucy Gross

The Small Ships are racing again this weekend

ASTO Cowes Small Ships race 2016

The annual Small Ships race returns to the Solent this Saturday (6th October). The start will be off the Royal Yacht Squadron at 0930.

Thursday, 5th October, 2017 10:44am

By Lucy Gross

Win for Cowes-based crew in the 2017 One Ton Cup

One Ton Cup-Winners

Over the past few days the Fast 40 + Class has been back in the waters off Cowes this time racing for the One Ton Cup which was hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Monday, 25th September, 2017 6:54am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

2018 Round the Island Race dates changed to avoid Isle of Wight Festival clash

RTIR - Needles

Following the Isle of Wight Festival's plans to move the date of their event to later in the month of June, the Island Sailing Club have announced a new date for 2018 Round the Island Race to ensure there is no clash.

Monday, 21st August, 2017 7:34pm

By Gabriella Southwell with one comment

Little Britain Challenge Cup: Fundraising event returns to Cowes

Shepards Wharf Marina Cowes IW

The Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC), the construction and property industry's number one sporting and social calendar event will bring hundreds of people to Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes to sail, network and fundraise on 15th and 16th September.

Monday, 21st August, 2017 1:24pm

By Louisa Mamakou

2017 Rolex Fastnet Race: A story of French domination

Fastnet Race 2017

The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race was dominated by French teams this year. Read Suzanne and Alan's report.

Tuesday, 15th August, 2017 8:33am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood