The New Forest National Park borders the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and mainland Hampshire which is popular with sailing, partly due to the unique double high water. The event of the year must be Cowes Week, but there are numerous other events.
My local fun event is the Lymington Bath Race, the idea is to take an old bathtub, make it float, then decorate it. It used to be held in the harbour, then transferred to the saltwater baths. Similar events in aid of the RNLI are held at Hythe and Mudeford, more races than fun and slapstick.
I have attended the Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival, enjoying the sight of the traditional gaff rig, at first, this became biennial but ended with the 2017 festival
Sailing events including Bath and Raft Races
Hythe Raft Race + 2019, 2015
Mudeford RNLI fun day +2017, 2015
Lymington Bath Race + 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Yarmouth Old Gaffers 2017, 2015, 2014
+ = charitable event with 50% proceeds going to the appropriate charity
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