High winds and challenging sea conditions limited the number of opportunities to get out ’On the Water’ in Cowes on Friday, but many braved the elements to enjoy a sailing experience with UKSA and a display of boats that have been manufactured on the Isle of Wight.
In the week that Red Funnel announced that its new Red Jet 6 would be built in Cowes, it was fitting to have Red Jet 3 which was built by Cowes-based FMB Marine in 1998. Other boats included a brand-new Seaward 35 that had only been put into the water the day before and a Fastworker 25 built by BVD Marine.
On the Water was hosted by the Isle of Wight branch of the British Marine Federation at Cowes Yacht Haven. Alongside the UKSA’s Try Sail display were stands from the RNLI and BMF member Seasafe Systems, specialists in marine safety clothing and equipment.
The BMF is the trade association for the British boating industry. The Federation’s 1,500 members account for a substantial amount of the industry’s turnover and employ around 30,000 people. They are drawn from both the seagoing and inland sectors of the marine industry covering the leisure boat, hire fleet, commercial workboat and superyacht categories and supporting services.
For more information about the BMF on the Isle of Wight please visit www.bmfiw.org