Old Gaffers Festival
The Old Gaffers Festival 2017 will take place from Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th June.
Yarmouth town and harbour will embrace yet another fun filled weekend of entertainment and interesting things to see and do for the whole family. The harbour will be filled with the colourful spectacle of the visiting gaff rigged vessels, some of which will race in The Solent on Saturday. There is also a Sunday morning race from the Royal Solent Yacht Club with the Queen's Jubilee Race.
Other popular attractions at Yarmouth Old Gaffers include street entertainment, live music, classic vehicle displays, lifeboat demonstrations and much more. There is also a craft fair and continental market setup around Yarmouth town, and St James’ Church will host the colourful Flower Festival, whilst the "McGaffers' beer tent" holds one of the Isle of Wight's largest real ale festivals across the weekend.
For further information see the Festival website www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk or telephone 01983 761704.
Round the Island Race 1st July 2017
The Round the Island Race is sailing’s answer to the London Marathon as 1600 boats, crewed by some of the biggest names in sailing as well as keen amateur sailors, skim past The Needles, the Island’s distinctive rocky structure, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge and back into the Solent.
Watch the yachts round the Needles rocks and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Needles Old Battery Café.
The first start for the 2017 race is at 5.30am and the last start is at 7.10am. The boats pass round the Needles Lighthouse, along the south-west coast of the Island to St. Catherine's Point and then up across Sandown Bay to round the Bembridge Ledge Buoy. The fleet then makes its way either side of No Man's Land Fort and across Osborne Bay to the finish line back at Cowes.
Cowes Week Cowes, Isle of Wight 29th July 2017 - 5th August 2017
Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar since 1826 and is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. Today it is thelargest sailing regatta of its kind in the world, staging some 40 races each day for up to 1,000 boats. Red Funnel has been an Official Supplier to Cowes Week since 2006.
Cowes Week is a fusion of many exciting elements, with its great mix of competitive sailing and shoreside events. The 8,500 competitors range fromOlympic and world class professionals to complete novices. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event – come and see