Sailing & Charters / Boat Trips
The Isle of Wight is the ideal destination for a sailing holiday in the UK. It is known as the home of yachting, with a great range of sailing events taking place all year round. The offshore waters of the Channel and the Solent provide excellent conditions for sailing, with sailing clubs located throughout the Island, for the keen sailor why not charter a boat or take a relaxing cruise .
Sailing is a favourite pastime for visitors and Island residents alike and the sea is busy with boats all year round. There are sailing events throughout the year on the Island. In particular in August the seafronts and esplanades throng with spectators who come for Cowes Week the world's most famous international yachting regatta.
From yacht crews to film crews, the whole Island buzzes with activity, culminating in a grand fireworks display on the last Friday of the Week. For those who want to join in the fun there are a number of companies offering equipment-hire, whilst for those who prefer the view from the shore there are plenty of perfectly placed bars and restaurants.
Due to such perfect surroundings for sailing, it's not surprising that the Island has its own home grown sailing talent, and those that have chosen to make this their home due to the facilities and locations.
Ellen McArthur MBE
At the age of 26 years Ellen received Yachtswoman of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and has been honoured with a MBE. Her hard work began in the Solent using the facilities of Island based UKSA. Now retired from competitive sailing, Ellen has founded the Ellen MacArthur Trust which takes young people aged between 8-18 sailing to help them regain their confidence, as they recover from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness.
Shirley Robertson OBE
The 32 year old claimed an Olympic Gold medal in Sydney 2000 in the European Class and was named female sailor of the year by the International Sailing Federation. Her success continued when Shirley was rewarded with an historical second Gold Medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics. As a keen sailor, she has chosen Cowes as the perfect location to train in and has made this her home.
In 2003, Seb became the youngest solo yachtsman to sail across the Atlantic, after training with his father since he was 12 years old. The Island-based boy went head to head in a race against his sailing instructor father. Although his father beat him to the finish, Seb made his way into the record books for completing the 27,000-mile race at aged 15.
Ben Ainslie OBE
Cowes Week, the mecca for yachtsmen and women welcomed Ben Ainslie to race in August 2003. The then 26 year old had a selection of medals already under his belt, including Silver at the Olympics in Atlanta and Gold in the Laser Class at Sydney. In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Ben won his second Gold medal and third Olympic medal in the larger Finn Class. In 2008, Ben won his third successive Olympic Gold, and fourth Olympic Medal in Beijing, cementing his position as Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor of all time.