Solent Events this summer

Every year the Solent is home to many yacht racing events, this year is no different. 2019 see's the return of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race and welcomes newcomer SailGP during Lendy Cowes Week.

Whether you want to take part in the race 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 - 29 June

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, 26-28 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, 3 August

The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most exciting and challenging offshore races in the worlds. This year, the 340 entry limit was full in us 4 minutes and 37 seconds! The race starts off Cowes a the Royal Yacht Squadron line, then the fleet head out of the Solent past The Needles and along the South Coast of England.

Lendy Cowes Week, 10-17 August (fireworks Friday 16 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

SailGP, 10-11 August

This spectacular race event will take centre stage in the Solent, partnering with the already world-famous Lendy Cowes Week, and promises to deliver amazing racing action to the competitors, fans and visitors. The rival nations will race head-to-head on the newly redefined F50 foiling catamarans at speeds of over 50 knots (60mph). You don't want to miss this one! Learn more about SailGP here

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, 13-16 June 2019

Poole Harbour Boat Show, 7- 9 June 2019

Lymington Seafood Festival, 10-11 August 2019

Bournemouth Airshow, 29 August -1 September 2019

Southampton Boat Show, 13-22 September 2019

Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular, 26 October 2019

Want to do more than spectating? Why not try racing yourself!
Take a look at our racing opportunities page on our Sailing School website here

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