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Spring Sailing around the Isle of Wight

1st April 2015 Published by

Whitecliff bay unedited-0141Sailing might not be something you’ve always thought you could partake in, but it’s a lot more accessible for you to enjoy than you think. What’s more, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place for you to enjoy this elegant, engaging and enthralling sport. Here are some ideas to enjoy Isle of Wight sailing in 2015.

If you’re staying with us at Whitecliff Bay at the end of May or beginning of June, then you should definitely check out the Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival. It runs from May 30th to June 1st, and takes place in the harbour  of the ancient town of Yarmouth. This year’s event includes street entertainment, live music, boat racing, a market and craft fair, and so much more. The harbour will be filled with life and colour, with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels. Let’s set sail for Yarmouth!

If you want to see more active sailing going on, then make summer your time to stay with us and become part of the Cowes Dinghy Week (August 1st to 5th), or the world-famous Cowes Week sailing regatta (August 8th to 15th). The former is hosted at the sailing club in Gurnard, and features a full sailing and social programme. It’s the perfect way to see the smaller vessels in action in the azure waters around the Isle of Wight. The latter is more than just a sailing event, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Get amazing views from the coast as the hundreds of attending boats take part in a programme featuring as many as 40 races. The event typically attracts 100,000 spectators, who not only enjoy the sailing, but also the great range of parties and live entertainment on offer in Cowes during that week.

cowes-weekAnother great event not to miss, if sailing is your passion, is the Round the Island Race, which this year takes place on June 27th. So far, the event has attracted more than 700 entries. Starting an finishing in Cowes, the grand fleet of racing ships can be seen heading westward from Cowes and around the Island from a number of beautiful coastal spots. If you’re with us as Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge also offers some of the best views of the ships as they round the easternmost tip of the island and head to towards the finish line.

Finally, instead of just watching all the sailing as it happens, how about you take to the water yourselves? Take a look at Fynn Marine’s website, where they offer boat charters for you to spend some time out on the water yourself. The Isle of Wight offers endless possibilities to enjoy not only the beautiful landscape and shoreline, but also the sea surrounding the island itself! Join us this spring and summer at Whitecliff Bay, and begin your Isle of Wight oceanic adventure.

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