THREE people have been injured in separate incidents on the water in Cowes today (Thursday) as race competitors battle against the strong winds and rough sea conditions.
One man, believed to be suffering from head injuries, was taken ashore to Trinity Landing by the crew of Calshot Lifeboat, before being transferred to St Mary's Hospital, Newport.
A second casualty was also taken ashore, believed to be suffering from suspected head injuries, by Gosport Lifeboat. He has also been taken to St Mary's.
The third casualty is believed to have suffered suspected spinal injuries and has been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.
Today was the second day the regatta had been hampered by strong winds.
Yesterday (Wednesday), for the first time in five years, the Extreme 40s race had to be cancelled because of high winds and strong tides.
The Mermaids and Sunbeams did not go out this morning and other classes raced shortened courses because of the poor weather forecast. All were back in Cowes by early afternoon.