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.

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

Hold off sailing for the moment says Cowes Harbour Commission

cowes marina

Cowes Harbour Commission ask sailors to hold off for the while. Clarification is being sought from Government. CHC also talk about Social Distancing

Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 11:37am

By Simon Perry

Now is ‘not the time to go boating in Cowes due to the Coronavirus outbreak,’ says Cowes Harbour Commission

Aerial view of Cowes harbour

With the current fair weather and Easter bank holiday on the way, Cowes Harbour Master Capt., Stuart McIntosh, reminds sailors that, “going out on the water rarely fits into the Government’s four criteria for being out and about”

Tuesday, 7th April, 2020 4:44pm

By Louisa Mamakou with one comment

Cowes Harbour ‘cannot refuse entry’ to vessels during lockdown

trinity pontoon

Harbour users have been asked to follow government guidance and stay at home and avoid any movements on the river during the Coronavirus epidemic

Friday, 3rd April, 2020 5:35pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 18 readers' comments

Round the Island Race postponed until September 2020

Round the Island Race - Sunrise start

The organisers of the popular Round the Island Race explain the thinking they've gone through.

Friday, 20th March, 2020 2:50pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Nearly 2,500 young people supported after cancer, as Dame Ellen launches new ambitions

Ellen MacArthur

This Isle of Wight-based charity, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, have launched new ambitions to help change the lives of hundreds more young people after cancer

Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 8:19am

By Scott Wilson

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