Solent Calendar of Events

Each year the Solent is home to many yacht racing events, and this year is no different, with a jam-packed and exhilarating 2024 lineup! The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will return to our shores in 2025!

Whether you want to take part in a racing event itself, or just take in all the action from the water as a spectator, you'll find the event for you below.

Bareboat and Skippered charters available.

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Round the Island Race - 15th July

Round the Island Race is a fantastic event that sees world-renowned sailors competing against families, Sailing schools, and first-time racers. Around 1400 yachts take part, making it one of the largest races in the world!

Taittinger Regatta, 12-14 July

Set in the beautiful Western Solent, right near The Needles, this three-day regatta is the ultimate mix of competitive inshore racing and champagne! Sponsored by Taittinger Champagne and hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club from Yarmouth, this is a weekend you won't want to miss.

Dog wearing a life jacket on a yacht

Rolex Fastnet Race start line, (Returning 26 July 2025)

The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most exciting and challenging offshore races in the world. In the last edition, the entry capacity was full in 4 minutes! This is a seriously popular event! The race starts off Cowes a the Royal Yacht Squadron line, then the fleet heads out of the Solent past The Needles and along the South Coast of England. Demand for places seems to grow each year and is expected to be higher than ever in 2025 with over 450 expected on the start line. Run bi-annually, the event will return to our local shores in 2025!

Cowes Week, July 27 - August 2 (fireworks Friday 2 August)

Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest-running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

Dog wearing a life jacket on a yacht

Little Britain Challenge Cup, 13-14 September

The LBCC is the largest industry regatte in Europe, bringing together hundreds of people from the property and construction industry to sail, socialise and fund-raise. Over the past 30 years, the Little Britain Challenge Cup has raised over £1.25 million!

During these events, marinas will get very busy, so we advise booking ahead of time (where possible) to avoid disappointment.

Non Sailing Events:

Isle of Wight music festival, 20-23 June 2024

Poole Harbour Festival, 26-28 July 2024

Lymington Seafood Festival, 12-14 July 2024

Bournemouth Airshow, 29 -31  August 2024

Southampton Boat Show, 13-22 September 2024


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