Isle of Wight ferry firm Wightlink has cancelled 32 FastCat sailings over the weekend.

The company has once again blamed 'the absence of an essential crew member' for the latest, major disruption to the service.

The cancellations come during a busy time for the Island.

Events including Yarmouth Carnival, Jack Up Summer Party, and Sandown Regatta are all taking place this weekend.

It is also the school summer holidays.

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Visitors are also expected to the Island to make most of the hot weather forecast.

Wightlink has said 16 sailings, between Ryde and Portsmouth, will not go ahead tomorrow (Saturday) and on Sunday (13).

The cancelled sailings, on both days, are as followed:

From Portsmouth Harbour

  • 10.45am
  • 11.45am
  • 12.45pm
  • 1.45pm
  • 2.45pm
  • 3.45pm
  • 4.45pm
  • 5.45pm

Ryde Pier Head

  • 11.15am
  • 12.15pm
  • 1.15pm
  • 2.15pm 
  • 3.15pm
  • 4.15pm
  • 5.15pm
  • 6.15pm

Between those times, sailings will still run at quarter past the hour from Portsmouth Harbour and at quarter to the hour from Ryde Pier Head.

The firm was planning to run a two boat service but that has now been reduced to one boat.

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A spokesperson for Wightlink said: "We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this action may cause."

Wightlink also cancelled some FastCat sailings last week.

Some customers found out from a sign placed in the Ryde Pier Head terminal.