With Easter officially marking the start of cruising season, here's a date for the diary

TAGS:

A new family-friendly motorboating event will be held this summer celebrating all things power and if you book before the end of May you’ll get a 10% discount.

The Big Splash will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven on the Isle of Wight between 13-15 August.

Sealine is the main sponsor of the weekend, along with MBM, Raymarine and Volvo Penta.

The three-day extravaganza promises something for all the family, with tuition on navigation, cookery demonstrations, circus classes and a Caribbean barbecue party, complete with steel band.

The event will culminate in a Mardi Gras masked black tie ball on the Saturday night, followed by a traditional Full English breakfast the following morning.

Tickets cost £160 for boats under 40ft; £190 for boats between 40ft and 50ft and £225 for boats longer than 51ft. Ticket price includes two nights berthing in the marina, plus access to event activities but you will need to buy separate tickets for meals.

Book before the end of May to claim your 10% discount. Call 02380 458900 or go to www.thebigsplash.com