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.

2020 season of sailing regattas launched with awards evening

Janet Grosvenor from Rolex

News of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's latest Lifetime Achievement Award and a roundup of upcoming regattas

Monday, 6th January, 2020 8:14am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Cash boost helps Isle of Wight charity reach £96,000 goal for wheelchair friendly boat

Laura Haytack, Paul WIlks, IW Foundation Co-ordinator Sam O'Rourke and Trish Rooke

The cash boost will help Cowes Sailability Club reach their £96,000 target for a new specially-designed Island-built motorboat that is fully wheelchair accessible

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 10:26am

By Gavin Foster with one comment

Cowes confirmed for start of 2021 and 2023 Rolex Fastnet Race

Left to right - Benoît Arrive, Mayor of Cherbourg-en-Contentin, Marc Lefevre, Chairman of County Council of Manche, Steven Anderson, RORC Commodore, Jean-Louis Valentin, Chairman of Urban Community of Cotentin, Isabelle Vandenberghe, Elected Member of Regional Council of Normandy, Geneviève Gosselin-Fleury, Chairman Tourism of Cotentin, Eddie Warden Owen (RORC CEO)

The Rolex Fastnet Race will finish in Cherbourg in 2021 and 2023, both starting from Cowes

Tuesday, 26th November, 2019 6:00pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

East Cowes sailor wins Slingsby Ladies Day Best Helm trophy

haggis 2 on the water during Cowes Week

Congratulations to Dawn Bee on Haggis 2 - both from East Cowes Sailing Club - for winning the Slingsby Ladies Day Best Helm trophy earlier this month.

Friday, 30th August, 2019 6:03pm

By Sally Perry

Despite some challenging weather Cowes, enjoyed another successful regatta

Cowes week winners

Suzanne and Alan share this annual roundup of activities and events held during Cowes Week.

Monday, 19th August, 2019 10:00am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with one comment

Lots to see and do shoreside at Cowes Week

red arrows and yacht masts

There are a huge number of things to see and do for all the family at the 2019 Cowes Week.

Thursday, 8th August, 2019 9:58am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Speed and safety campaign launched by Harbour Commission ahead of Cowes Week

Map of harbour with detail of restrictions

With so many major events taking place in Cowes this month, CHC are running a safety and speeding campaign.

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 5:07pm

By Louisa Mamakou

King’s Cup sailing challenge moved due to severe weather warning

Yachts racing off the Isle of Wight

Members of the public are invited to watch the race from the SailGP Race Village, which will be free to access and include a 500-seater grandstand.

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 9:55am

By Sally Perry

Records broken during Rolex Fastnet Race at weekend

Fastnet Race winners EDR

Overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Cup will be decided in the next few days when handicaps are calculated, and the remaining yachts have completed their 605nm race.

Monday, 5th August, 2019 8:59am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go head to head in Cowes sailing race

duke and duchess of cambridge unveiling the king's cup

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go head to head in major regatta in support of Their Royal Highnesses’ charitable causes. Each boat taking part will represent one of eight charities and the winning team will be awarded the historic trophy The King’s Cup.

Thursday, 1st August, 2019 11:39am

By Sally Perry with one comment

400+ boats to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race this week

Fastnet Race start line in Cowes with many yachts on the water

Started in 1925 with seven yachts setting sail from Ryde to the Fastnet Rock then on to Plymouth the Rolex Fastnet Race now attracts over 3,000 competitors in the 400-boat fleet. Watch the start this Saturday.

Wednesday, 31st July, 2019 3:09pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with one comment

Last yachts pass the Transatlantic Race 2019 finish line

carina arriving in cowes by suzanne whitewood

Suzanne and Alan share an update on the 2019 Transatlantic Race.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 4:14pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood