Today's weather and shore-based events…

Sunday’s low is expected to slowly fill giving a predominantly southwesterly wind over the next few days. Low cloud and drizzle around in the early morning should clear mid-morning leading to some sunny spells and the occasional shower this afternoon. Maximum temperature in Cowes is expected to be around 21 to 23 degrees.

Expected wind
06:00 – 09:00 W-SW 5 to 10 knots
09:00 – 12:00 SW 5 to 10 increasing 8 to 13 knots
12:00 – 15:00 SW 8 to 13 probably increasing 10 to 15 knots
15:00 – 18:00 SW 10 to 15 occasionally to 18 knots

Chris Tibbs (Sailing-Weather Ltd) predicts occasional showers and SW 10 to 15 knot winds for Monday 31st.

If you are visiting Cowes today be sure to check out the Parade where you can sign up for Skandia’s Try Sailing lessons. The lessons are organised in association with the UKSA and allow members of the public to try their hand at sailing free of charge (donations can be made to the Ellen MacArthur Trust).

If you aren’t ready to venture out onto the water you can always take part in the Virtual Skipper Game, where the best time of the day wins a bag of Timberland goodies. You can enter on the Parade stand.

Tonight competitors and visitors can get into the groove with the Castle Jazz band, followed by Caribbean soloist Derek Sandy, covers’ bands Driving South and Risky Business.

Racing begins this morning at 10:55.