Sailing News

All the latest news from the world of sailing and stories from experienced sailors.

In June 2022 over 16,000 sailors compete in this unique yacht race around the Isle of Wight. It is a race for all. Be part of the fun, excitement and magnificent spectacle that is the Round the Island Race. Crew spaces are available on our yachts in June 2022.

Round the Island Race 2021

In July 2021, 2 years after the the last Round the Island Race, over 1000 boats all set off in the annual spectacle that is the Round the Island Race. Challenger 1 took part as part of there Rolex Fastnet training.  Here’s how it went – An early start to the Round the Island Race! Read more

Interesting Lighthouses In The Solent Region And Beyond

Whether it is a welcome beacon of light after a difficult voyage or a much-loved landmark every sailor has their favourite lighthouse. They are essential to our safe passage and although few around the world are manned, they still give the impression that someone is there, looking out you. Below is a pick of lighthouses Read more

Your First Time Round The Island Race

Join the FCS crew in 2019!   If you’ve taken your Competent Crew course and are looking to have your first adventure then get a taste of ocean racing this summer by circumnavigating the Isle of Wight. The Round the Island Race is organised by the Island Sailing Club and has become a regular challenge Read more

Sailing Holidays Around Britain

Who needs France, Greece or the Caribbean when the UK can offer all that you need for great sailing holidays around Britain? From strong winds to stunning scenery, Britain has it all when it comes to affordable getaways that whole families can enjoy. Learning how to sail can open the doors to a huge range of Read more

Round The Island Race 2014 – A Skipper’s View

This year a crew from First Class Sailing took part in the 2014 Round the Island Race on Challenger 3, on the yachts from Tall Ships. As you may be aware it wasn’t what everyone expected, but a great time was had by all, as you will read in the race blog by Skipper Ricky Read more

Round the Island Race – a race for everyone

Each year amateurs and professionals compete against each other in the Round the Island Race.  It is one of the few races where amateurs and complete novices can race alongside Olympic gold medallists like Ben Ainslie and around the world racers like Alex Thomson. The Round the Island Race attracts worldwide interest and is covered Read more