Wightlink to step up sailings and bring FastCat back into service

The CEO of Wightlink says, “With summer on the horizon, we are delighted to step up our sailings”

FastCat at Ryde Pier

Wightlink will resume its FastCat foot passenger sailings between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head on Thursday 29th April 2021. 

It will be an hourly service with two catamarans operating on school holiday weekends and during the Isle of Wight Festival. 

Summer timetable
Wightlink’s car ferry summer timetable will come into effect on Monday 17th May 2021, in line with the next proposed Government easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Hotels, restaurants and attractions will open for business on both sides of the Solent from that date. 

  • Sailings on the Portsmouth-Fishbourne car ferry route will be retimed to depart every 40 minutes between 05:00 and 19:40 to even out traffic flow and improve punctuality. 
  • The Lymington-Yarmouth route will step up to hourly seven days a week. 

Enthusiasm for summer breaks on the Isle of Wight is already growing. Wightlink says bookings for the school holidays are looking healthy, especially for weekend sailings. 

Greenfield: Delighted to step up our sailings
Wightlink Chief Executive, Keith Greenfield, says,

“With summer on the horizon, we are delighted to step up our sailings and look forward to welcoming more Islanders and mainlanders who want to travel across the Solent.  

“The Isle of Wight will be a popular choice for staycations and we will remain Covid-secure at all times with the highest standards of cleanliness. Mask wearing is still required.  Our passenger numbers are currently reduced to allow social distancing but our ships and FastCats are spacious and comfortable with plenty of room. All of our usual cafés at ports and on board ferries are now open to serve refreshments but we ask customers to consume food and drink outdoors.”  

“We know it’s been a long wait for our regular FastCat customers and we thank them for their patience. We are delighted that we can now reinstate our Portsmouth-Ryde service as demand for leisure travel starts to increase. Our ticket acceptance agreement with Hovertravel will continue until Friday 30 April, as previously announced.” 

News shared by Karen on behalf of Wightlink. Ed

Friday, 16th April, 2021 10:11am


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7 Comments on "Wightlink to step up sailings and bring FastCat back into service"

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Great news!


So long as they don’t say they are offering a service to the Islanders – they may be but only when they choose to. Surprised they took this long to bring the service back.

Rhos yr Alarch

I very much hope the company has taken the opportunity of a lull in services to make the blind cords safer on their front windows…. these seats being especially popular with young families….? http://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/home-safety/blind-cord-safety.pdf


Great more profit never mind the risk, greedy selfish couldn’t care less about health and wellbeing only money


What tosh! They are simply following demand. Only the other day they were being castigated for not running ferries. Still, easier to continually moan rather than be constructive I suppose.

Rhos yr Alarch

I think it’s a matter of need, rather than demand though…? I’m trying to imagine what a constructive comment would look like on this…


It’s not tosh the ferries companies priority is profit do you really believe they actually care