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.
SAILING into its second year the Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea held a launch event today (Tuesday) in a bid to raise awareness and increase the number of businesses and groups putting on events.
This year's festival will run between June 16 and June 23, coinciding with the Round the Island Race, which is expected to attract around 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors.
The Festival of the Sea is a celebration of all things nautical and the Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) has invested £20,000 into marketing the event.
VIOW is looking for as many sea-themed events as possible to take place during the week.
Chief executive David Thornton said: "If you have an event in mind, it's very important that you let us know what you're planning as soon as possible.
"The more hands on deck who work together to create events, the more attractive the festival programme will be, and the more chance we will have of encouraging people to come to the Isle of Wight this June."
Confirmed events so far include Green Buoy Arts' Messing About in Boats art exhibition, a Compton Bay fossil walk, Festival of the Sea Coastal Gardening at Bembridge, a 1920s themed murder mystery at Mottistone Gardens, and more.
Jo Rogers, of The Hambrough hotel in Ventnor, said: "Last year’s Festival of the Sea worked really well for us. Our seafood cooking demo and special fish tasting menu proved extremely popular and we will definitely be repeating the exercise this year."
The launch took place at the Spyglass Inn in Ventnor, with representatives from participating businesses, Ventnor Business Association and VIOW attending.
Events can be added at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/event-submission-form