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Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea
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Set sail for Visit Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea this June! With the Round the Island Race circumnavigating our coastline, swashbuckling fun from Shipwreck Isle and new for 2016, the thrilling French Solitaire du Figaro yacht race arriving in port, be sure not to miss the boat for these and other exciting events and activities.
Step ashore or take to the sea for Visit Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea in June; we’ve a raft of maritime activities and events for sea dogs and landlubbers alike!
Be part of the party as the world class Solitaire du Figaro yacht race sails into port for the first time. Watch the Round the Island Race circumnavigate our coastline, and take part in swashbuckling fun for the whole family at Shipwreck Isle.
Enjoy a guided coastal walk, sample some divine seafood or relax in the sun listening to sea shanties; don’t miss the boat – just hoist the mainsail and set sail for the Festival of the Sea! Find out more at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Round the Island Race
Round the Island Race will take place on Saturday 27th June with teams from all over the world competing in the 50 nautical mile course. The sheer number and variety of the yachts participating makes this event a fantastic spectator sport with some great vantage points off Cowes, Sconce Point, The Needles, St Catherine's Point, Ventnor, Bonchurch, Culver Down and Ryde Pier.
Over 1,600 boats with around 16,000 sailors, making it the largest yacht race of its kind in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.
For those not competing, the Island has many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as Cowes, The Needles and St Catherine’s Point.
• Boasting any number of sassy seafront hotels and beautiful boutique retreats with fabulous ocean views, the Island is a perfect place to book a memorable seaside escape.
• Getting to the Island is plain sailing. Visitors can travel to the Island via Hover travel from Southsea, as well as Red Funnel ferries from Southampton, and Wightlink from both Portsmouth and Lymington.
With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014 – more than any other destination in England! The award-winning beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor all have very popular esplanades with a great selection of cafes, shops and facilities to enhance your day at the beach.
Ryde and Appley offer the largest stretch of open sands, perfect for games and activities, with great views back across the Solent to the mainland.
This March, Compton Bay was named as one of the world’s top beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and it’s easy to see why. Located in West Wight, Compton offers a two mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater in the distance. Popular with surfers and fossil hunters, Compton is ideal for games and sandcastle making.
An Island of 147 square miles, surrounded by water, that depending on tide and wind, is sheltered on one side and ferocious on the other.
Kayaking & Standup Paddle Boarding
Explore the inlets and coastal areas by Kayak, one of the only ways to reach some of the more difficult to access coves and hidden caves. Stand-up paddleboarding is becoming an increasingly popular way to explore some of the Isle of Wight’s surrounding waters, you can even paddle your way around the famous “Needles” rocks and Lighthouse.
Book Your Break Now
With so much to look forward to why not book a break and make the most of our Flash Sale 2 Night Summer Break from £279 for 2 people?
Price includes 2 nights Bed & Full English breakfast, 3 course dinner on your 1st evening and FREE return Isle of Wight car ferry tarvel.