Here are some of the stories that were making the headlines on the Isle of Wight in August 2018.


Wightlink’s new multi-million pounds flagship ferry – Victoria of Wight – was spotted off the Isle of Wight.

The new hybrid vessel was snapped by Ventnor Haven Fishery’s Chris Mortimer (Meg) just south of the Island.

Victoria of Wight. Pic: Chris Mortimer


The Floating Bridge ran aground at East Cowes, forcing cars to reverse up the slipway and foot passengers to queue for a pedestrian launch.

The Isle of Wight Council said the small launch Folly Ventures was running a shuttle service and was due to be replaced by the larger Jenny Lee.



The Red Arrows lit up the sky above the Isle of Wight as Cowes Week came to a close.

The renowned air display team took to the skies above Cowes Yacht Haven, before fireworks later in the evening.

Image: Ricky Ashanollah