Festival of the Sea 2014 launch at The Spyglass. Front left, Ann Hutchins with Linda Chester and Holly Kirby, back left, Rachel Flynn with David Thornton, Maddy Dobson, Chris Cowley, Bob Ventress, Darren Beevers, Alan Garnett, Andy Jackson, John Bentley and Brian Reeves.
WITH the dust barely settled on the Isle of Wight Festival, the annual Festival of the Sea has started, celebrating the Island's maritime culture.
More than 70 sea-themed events are due to take place over the coming week — with the Round the Island Race on Saturday taking centre stage.
Today’s activities include a sunset cruise to the Needles Lighthouse leaving from Yarmouth at 7.30pm and tomorrow there will be an evening cruise to Lymington, departing at 6pm.
The Three Buoys restaurant in Appley is hosting a sea-themed experience tomorrow (Wednesday), with a special meal, cocktails and music and a Taste of the Sea Cooking demonstration is to be hosted by Darren Beevers at the Hambrough, also tomorrow.
From Thursday to Saturday there will be events at Sandown Library, including story and craft sessions.
The Guith Shantymen will be performing on board Portsmouth to Fishbourne sailings between noon and 4pm on Saturday.
David Thornton, chief executive of tourism board Visit Isle of Wight, said: "This is the second year we have celebrated the Island’s deep connections with the deep blue all around us. We’ve had great support from attractions across the Island who’ve been coming forward to put on sea-themed events.
"It’s events like this that highlight the Island’s all-year-round appeal and its attraction for everyone."
For further details, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk