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.

Little sleep for crews in 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

sevenstar round britain and ireland challenge

Did you spot the 28 boat sailing past the Isle of Wight on Sunday? They started from Cowes and are racing around Britain and Ireland this week.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 4:32pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Sailors prepare for toughest of all yacht races, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race


Spare a thought from noon on Sunday for the 30 entries taking part in one of the toughest yacht races ever - the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - as it leaves Cowes and heads clockwise around the Isle of Wight in the first stage of this record-breaking race.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 8:06am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Tracy Edwards scoops Lendy Ladies Day Trophy

tracy edwards ladies day trophy

Lendy Ladies' Day 2018 is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate hundreds of the country's greatest female sailors who make Lendy Cowes Week such a world-renowned regatta.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 8:29am

By Mary Scott-Jackson

Cowes Sailability Club makes regatta accessible to disabled Islanders

Cowes Sailability Cowes Week

Cowes Sailability Club aims will be once again making it possible for disabled people and their families or carers to experience the thrill of a world-class sailing regatta from the water during Cowes Week.

Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 9:47am

By Sally Perry

Free sailing sessions for the kids with Olympic gold medallist, Sarah Ayton

sailing with Sarah Ayton

Land Rover are offering free sailing sessions with Double Olympic Gold medalist, Sarah Ayton, for kids aged 8-18 during Cowes Week.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 4:32pm

By Jake Presley

1851 Trust to hold free STEM workshops

1851 Roadshow, Portsmouth

The workshops are aimed at 8-13 year olds and take place at the 1851 Cowes Parade Stand between Saturday 4th – Thursday 9th August.

Monday, 30th July, 2018 9:08am

By Sally Perry

Stunning conditions for Cowes Classics Week Opener

Cowes Classic Week day one

Cowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Racing takes place in Cowes all week, ending on Friday.

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 8:13am

By Marina Johnson

Round the Island Race 2018 ‘probably one of the most challenging’

rtir - christian beasley start

There was virtually no wind, so very slow-going for the 656 of the 1,204 boats entered in the 2018 Round the Island Race who completed the course on Saturday.

Monday, 9th July, 2018 10:36am

By Island Sailing Club

Award-winning sailors take head to Cowes

french visitors to cowes

Award-winning sailors will be taking part in the first La Trinite-Cowes Yacht Race from France to Cowes.

Monday, 9th July, 2018 7:24am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Isle of Wight sailor with quadriplegic cerebral palsy to sail in Round The Island Race

natasha lambert sailing near the needles

This will be Natasha's second lap of the Island, having first sailed round the Isle of Wight aged just 14. This time though she will be racing against over a 1,000 boats and over 10,000 sailors.

Thursday, 5th July, 2018 7:42am

By Alasdair Boden

Lendy Ladies Day 2018 to celebrate women’s achievements on the water

Lendy Cowes Week - Ladies Day

Lendy Ladies Day will return to Cowes Week sailing regatta on Tuesday 7th August with a celebration of female talent on the water to inspire more women to take up sailing as a sport.

Monday, 2nd July, 2018 7:32am

By Mary Scott-Jackson

Entries still open for 2018 Round the Island Race

round the island race

There are less than two weeks until the Round the Island Race, which already has 1,178 entries.

Monday, 25th June, 2018 11:47am

By Gabriella Southwell with one comment