MORE than 200 young people, including 25 from the IW, competed in the tenth Cowes Small Ships Race earlier this month.
The event is for up to 25 sail training vessels, which race around The Solent but, in order to take part, half of each crew have to be between 12 and 25 years old.
The Cowes small ships race is organised by Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO), with help from several IW charities, members of the Royal London Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Competing vessels included everything from the 100-year-old Duet and Jolie Brise, to modern round the world racing yachts and Cowes’s very own Paddiywack, run by the Island Youth Water Activities Centre.
James Stevens, who lives in Cowes and is chairman of ASTO said: "Despite the light winds the young crews really enjoyed the day and there was a really good atmosphere at the prize giving and party at the Cowes Yacht Haven Events centre."
He thanked Anthony Churchill for his support over the last decade.