Derek Sandy at the helm after exchanging hats with Wightlink’s Captain Mike Smith


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Isle of Wight favourite Derek Sandy will sing on several Wightlink crossings over the next few weekends, following his success in the Britain’s Got Talent auditions.

He stunned judges on the hit talent show with his song ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’ and they rewarded him with 4 ‘yes’ votes.

Derek, who lives in Ryde, will be performing on the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route in May on Saturday 18th, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th, and on Saturday 1st June. He will be spreading his love of the Isle of Wight to everyone on board Victoria of Wight on the 11:00 and 13:00 sailings from Portsmouth.

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Derek has said:

“I can’t wait to perform on board Wightlink’s Victoria of Wight this summer and share my love of the Isle of Wight with passengers and crew. I’m really happy that my music has raised the profile of the Island and hope it will encourage more people to visit in the future”.

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield adds:

“We were delighted that the judges recognised Derek’s star quality in Britain’s Got Talent and know our customers will want to hear him performing on board our flagship Victoria of Wight.”


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Linda Brinsdon

Should be fun hope all enjoy it he sounds a great guy saw him on BGT

Shirley Whitney

How much is this costing Wightlink? Hope he’s not on our sailing

Gray Starkie

Derek is an amazing talent. You should see his 2008 performance of the song (welcome to the Isle of Wight) on You Tube just so you can really appreciate what a great voice this guy has. We saw him live at the Needles around 3 years ago and were extremely impressed with his talent and professionalism. You will be very well entertained by him if you just keep an honest and open mind and give him a chance guys!


What a great ambassador he is for our Island! Great idea to get him on the Ferries a priviledge for everyone to hear him as they sail over to this beautiful Island. Great talent and good man who does a lot for charity aswell. Hope he goes all the way on BGT

Gray Starkie

Fantastic guy and so charismatic!!

gabe davies

he will be playing iow Brading haven yacht club

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