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Function Guide

The Island Sailing Club Function Guide

The Island Sailing Club was established in 1889 when it was decided that Cowes needed an essentially democratic club that would cater for small boat sailing enthusiasts. The founding members reflected this democratic move, and in contrast to the exclusive patronage of other yachts clubs of Cowes, our members included both eminent professionals and trades people. We were the first club to admit ladies as members.

Today we continue what our founding members encouraged, we offer a welcoming club to all sailors and their guests. The Island Sailing Club is well known for providing a warm and welcoming haven ashore.

Please click here to look at our suggested menus.  If you have a particular need, please contact us to discuss your plans and we can offer you a tailored quote to suit your requirements and budget.

We offer a wide range of menus to suit any occasion, from breakfast on the run, a range of buffets and BBQs, to formal gala dinners. We can offer excellent food, with an attention to detail service and probably the best views in Cowes.

In addition to the menus contained in this guide we can also offer:

  • Canapés
  • Working Lunches
  • Hot Fork Buffets
  • Drinks Parties

Organisers Assistance

  • Consider the needs of all of your guests and the event you have planned.
  • Please pre-select only one dish per course.
  • A vegetarian option is always available. Please advise us 48 hours before your event of any vegetarian requirements.
  • Please check with your party with regard to allergies and advise us 48 hours before the event. We will endeavour to accommodate any allergies within the chosen menu, but sometimes an alternative meal will need to be served.
  • Attached to the function menus are our wine lists, please pre order wines and reception drinks for large events.
  • Final numbers will need to be confirmed 48 hours before the event. This will be the minimum charge.
  • All events will be required to pay a deposit of 10% of the expected fee confirming the availability of the venue; until this has been received we can not guarantee your event.
  • We can accept payment by cheque, Visa, MasterCard, or cash
  • All menu prices quoted in this function guide are inclusive of VAT.
  • These menus are valid until 31st December 2017. We reserve the right to amend prices in case of market price fluctuation or a change in VAT rate.



· Members and Non-Commercial Sailing Events do not incur hire charges.

· Commercial yacht clubs connected to a company can discuss costs with the Secretary, depending on requirements.

· Charges may be varied for some types of event and at certain times of the year.

· No bookings will be taken that encompass the full use of Bar, Restaurant and Conservatory on Bank Holiday Weekends or on Fridays and Saturdays in May, June, July, August and September.

. No daytime bookings will be taken in the Top and Lower Marquees during Cowes Week.





Hire Charge

Lower Marquee

Complete with own bar, can accommodate 50 – 120. Suitable for summer weddings, prize giving, drinks, themed parties, finger or seated buffet or barbecues.

Numbers to be confirmed one week before event.




£190 (Cowes Week - Evenings Only)

Roof Terrace (to include Roof Marquee & Centenary Room)

Marquee accommodates 30 – 80. Tabletop drinks facility can be provided. Suitable for drinks parties, buffets, receptions, barbecues and summer weddings.

Numbers to be confirmed one week before event.




£300 (Cowes Week - Evenings Only)

Restaurant Level

Exclusive use for non-member / non-sailing events of Restaurant, Conservatory and Bar (excluding Beken Room)

£500 (April to Sept)


£300 (Oct to Mar)

Centenary Room

Seats up to 24. Numbers to be confirmed one week before event. Coffee/tea and biscuits £2.50 per person, or food as required.

£25 per half day

£40 per full day



(Use of Bar, Restaurant and Conservatory only)


Saturday or Sunday

Monday to Thursday



Non Members & Members of less than 2 years standing:

Saturday or Sunday

Monday to Thursday




Charged at £8 per bottle for wine and £12 per bottle for Champagne.


Deposits required to confirm booking

Amount of hire charge or 10% of meal total, whichever is the greater.

No deposit is required for small parties or sailing clubs, but numbers to be confirmed one week before event with final numbers (plus or minus 5) 3 days before, after which a charge of one main course per person will be made in the event of any cancellations or at the discretion of the Secretary.


To be settled in full on the day by cash or debit card or credit card subject to amount owing, or proforma payment can be arranged.

The Island Sailing Club is a friendly yacht club with fantastic panoramic views over the harbour and fairway with excellent facilities, friendly staff, good hot and cold food and a pleasant environment. We look forward to welcoming you.