The Island Sailing Club has postponed the inaugural Windeler Cup event, until Saturday, August 7.

It says it wants to get more people involved and try to cut down on the number of people who will be in Cowes on the day of the Round the Island race.

Rob Peace, Rear Commodore for Sailing, Island Sailing Club said: "Whilst we are delighted with the entry numbers for the Round the Island Race, it has been harder to encourage entries for the Windeler Cup.

"The feedback has been positive from many classes, but this year has been difficult for new events and competitors have been understandably cautious.

"The Club is also aware of the additional footfall the day boat classes would generate in the town and wished to reduce this and concentrate on organising the Round the Island Race in a safe and considerate manner."

The Round The Island Race will continue as planned, on July 3, and regularly attracts more than 1,000 boats.

The Windeler Cup round The Solent fleet had been expected to start after the main Round The Island competitors.

Now, small keelboat racers, from the Daring, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Mermaid, Redwing, Sunbeam, Swallow, Sonar, Squib, RS Elite, Victory and XOD classes will have their own dedicated day.

Their course will be published on August 6, taking into account the expected conditions.

The cup race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, off Cowes, at about 10am on August 7 and will finish on the ISC line.

The course will consist of legs of no more than 30 minutes each.

CLICK HERE to enter before August 2 and those that have have been moved to the new date.