Head to Cowes Yacht Haven on the weekend of 12-13 May for On the Water. Organised by the British Marine Federation, you can try out different ways to go out on the water, see a wide variety of boats, on-shore demonstrations & lots more. A great fun day out for all the family.


The aim of On the Water is to get more people out on the water with their family and friends, and enjoy boating and watersports as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The event will be hosted at Cowes Yacht Haven, starting at 10am and gives visitors the opportunity to try Paddle boarding, Dinghy & Yacht Sailing, Jet Skis, Kayaking, RIB rides, Windsurfing, and much more!

Demonstrations (subject to weather) include Jet Pack demo, Man Overboard retrieval, RNLI events, HM Coastguard helicopter fly past or try your hand at paper yacht racing. The event also showcases respected Island boat builders and you can learn how to sail, understand the water and find out how to buy & maintain a boat. Also, discover what The National Coastwatch Institute, HM Coastguard and The Maritime Volunteer Service do. Learn too about job opportunities in the marine sector, including case study talks.

Getting there is really easy!

Red Funnel's Red Jet service from Southampton to West Cowes operates every 30 minutes from Terminal 2 at weekends. The crossing takes just 23-25 minutes. See timetable for details. On the Water is held in Cowes Yacht Haven which is within a stones throw of Red Funnel's Red Jet terminal in West Cowes.