A spectacular showcase of the Solent’s boating community and historic ships will set sail on the waters off the Isle of Wight in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday August 6 — and it’s not too late to take part.
Local yacht and sailing clubs are still welcome to join the Solent Platinum Jubilee Celebration by emailing [email protected] as soon as possible.
All boats, from RIBs to sailing and motor vessels, can register with their own yacht club to be part of the official programme, to be held at Cowes.
The Royal Jubilee event will feature more than 400 boats from sailing clubs and organisations in the Solent region which will be reviewed by VIPs in a motor-past, before racing off Bramble Bank.
Among the highlights will be Dragon ‘Bluebottle’ which was presented to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as a wedding present by The Island Sailing Club. It has been restored and will have been racing throughout Cowes Week.
In addition to the Solent racing programme, the skies will host a Silver Spitfire air display performed courtesy of the Spitfire Academy at Goodwood.
Back on dry land, there will be music and entertainment at a free concert at Cowes Yacht Haven later in the day - with headline acts to be announced.
The event immediately follows this year’s Cowes Week.
Hampshire yachtsman Geoff Holt MBE, a member of the organising committee, said:
“The Solent Platinum Jubilee event is shaping up to be a memorable ‘once in a lifetime’ celebration, bringing the Solent’s sailing and yachting community together to celebrate our Queen’s 70 years on the throne."
Chair of the organising committee, Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore added:
“This special day will be packed with fun and action on and offshore for members of the Solent yachting and boating community to enjoy.
"Register your interest if you haven’t already done so, and please show your support for our chosen charity Wetwheels.”