It was best summed up on Isle of Wight Radio this morning – UKSA’s Cowes Week is turning out to be immense!

It’s really only just started but already our fundraising total from the weekend stands at £8,017.05 and everyone has smiles on their faces. The money is important, as it will all go towards getting Island Year 6 pupils out on the water with us next year, and we are passionate about doing that. But Cowes Week is not just about the money. It’s also about our profile.

We have a very visible stand right in the middle of Cowes Yacht Haven and you can’t miss us even if you try! Not only are people walking past and learning about us, they are actually seeking us out because they’ve already heard that we’re down there.

And thanks to a few famous faces we have already ensured some national coverage. Yesterday Pippa Middleton sailed with our young people and this has drawn plenty of attention:

Here’s a few highlights of our Cowes Week so far:

Try Sailing – by 11am yesterday there were hardly any slots left for the day – this is proving hugely popular and is being extremely well run by Jonny and his team.

Gutterboats – a big success, with constant streams of children busy building their own boats.

Boss Up A Mast – really fun to watch and raising thousands on JustGiving. So far we have sent up four bosses, one IW Radio journalist who broadcasted from up there, and Fiona Hanlon in memory of her son Milo.

Racing – big smiles all round from those who have been out on our Farrs – an amazing opportunity. Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas was at the helm yesterday as Celebrity Skipper.

Cardboard Boat Race – an external event but raising money for UKSA. And guess who came first and second? That’s right, UKSA! Special mention to Dylan Colvin who is one of our young people – he surpassed expectations in the way he participated, encouraged others and enjoyed the challenge. A real personal achievement for him to be proud of.

Cocktail Party – a party to kick off all the Cowes Week parties, featuring a fabulous video created by Seb:

Our young people – these young ambassadors have done us proud. They are representing us at many different opportunities and are coping well with the responsibility.

Social media has been very busy and interactive – feel free to tweet #SeaChange and share the posts, it all helps spread the UKSA messages!