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Cowes Week

Water Activities

Information on where to kayak, surf, windsurf etc

You can go kayaking or coasteering with based out of Freshwater.

Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUPs) are becoming an increasingly popular way to explore some of the Isle of Wight’s surrounding waters.
You can hire SUPs from Two Elements who are based in Cowes.
You can also hire mountain bike from Two Elements.

Tacktisle Adventure offer a wide range of wet and dry activities including canoeing, kayaking, dinghy sailing, paddle boarding, SUP, and windsurfing. From taster 2 hour session to 5 day courses of 2 hours each day. They also offer private lessons or just hire facilities for kayaks, SUPs, and canoes from the base at St Helens Beach.

Wight Waters based at Lake – which is midway between Shanklin & Sandown – offer a large range of activities for adults and children alike. Kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and much more more besides.

Boat Trips and Tours

Based in Yarmouth Black Rock Charters offer 2 hour boat trips that take in the stunning coastline of the Isle of Wight, including Fort Victoria, Fort Albert, Hurst Castle, Alum Bay, and finally The Needles Lighthouse and Pinnacles.
They also offer fishing rod hire and fishing trips.

Needles Pleasure Cruises also offer trips to the Needles from Alum Bay.
They operate traditional cruise boats (20 minute trip) – but also offer trips about a fast RIB (15 minute trip).
You can also go by boat from Yarmouth to Alum Bay – just once per day though – to spend the day on the beach.

UKSA Kids Activities
Picture courtesy and © of UKSA

Get the Kids out on the water

The UKSA based in Cowes run regular watersports Fun days for 8-15 year olds. Ideal for getting out on the water and enjoy a variety of different water-based activities including Dinghy Sailing, Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), Kayaking, Windsurfing, Raft Building and Wet Team Games.
Check it out here

The UKSA also run a 5-day Summer Camp during the school holiday where even more activities are covered.
This can be booked as a residential or non-residential course. More information here


Cowes is known for it’s yachting – with the highlight of the year being Cowes Week  – held in August based on when the tides are right.
Some thrilling racing for dinghys, cruising yachts and out-and-out racing yachts can be seen.
Visit the official website but have a look at the history page where there are some amazing old photographs.

The UKSA run weekend introductions to yachting

If you’re completely new to yachting, this practical course will provide a comprehensive introduction to sailing.

Spend the weekend on a course and then come and chill out afterwards at one of our beautiful apartments.

Bev at the Helm - In Tenerife
Bev at the helm (she helped me build this site!)