Sailing is at the heart of what we do. Founded in 1889, the Island Sailing Club has a rich history in yachting and racing and offers a wide range of sailing activities for all preferences and abilities. There’s no better activity for mind, body and soul than sailing.
The Tuesday Evening Race Series is a popular format attracting over 60 entries for the series of 18 races between April and early September. The racing involves several classes including Class 1 boats as well as Flying Fifteens and other dayboats, and everything in between. Each Tuesday, the first gun is at 1830 and we aim to finish with time for a ‘post mortem’ in the Clubhouse.
Every Thursday during the season, the Club offers newcomers time on the water through the Adult Sailing programme. No experience is necessary – simply come to the Club at 1800 on Thursday and pay £14. Newcomers will be paired with local skippers at the Lower Marquee and will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of sailing including steering, mainsail and foresail trimming, foredeck (assisting in launching, flying and recovering the spinnaker), mooring and unmooring. Once confident on the water, there is an opportunity to race in the East Cowes Sailing Club Thursday evening races. The Adult Sailing programme is a great entry point to the Club’s Tuesday evening racing
2022 Race Season
Throughout the season, we have many other events over several weekends including the very popular Inshore Series. We also run our share of the Cowes Clubs and Classes Association dayboat racing, and many other regattas. As with many clubs, volunteers are intrinsic to our success as race organisers and we have many Members who support by being involved in the Race Teams, both ashore and afloat. It’s a great way to meet people, learn new skills and become involved in a fascinating area of Club activities. Throughout the winter, there are several courses enabling Members to learn new skills, maintain existing skills, and prepare for the coming season. Find out more here
The Club benefits from a fleet of nine Sonar dayboats, available to members and non-members, along with corporate charters. Sonars are perfect for chartering as they are easy to sail, yet exciting to race. All boats in the fleet are of the same design, three-person minimum/five-person maximum, and should be skippered by an experienced sailor.
These boats are available to Members to hire for racing, typically on Tuesday nights and Cowes Week as well as cruising in a more relaxed fashion. They are moored close to the Club and our iconic yellow launches will shuttle members to and from the boats.
There are around a dozen Cruising Fleet events per year, with a high social element in addition to the water-borne activity. Most take place in the Solent area extending no further east than Chichester or west than Poole. Cruises are open to sail and power boats of most sizes and speed, and all Members are most welcome. There is no joining fee or need to attend a minimum number of events.