TT racegoers have been left stranded on the island, as high winds have caused ferries to and from the Isle of Man to be cancelled.

The Steam Packet Company said it had no choice but to halt Tuesday’s 19:45pm sailing from Douglas to Heysham, and its return 02.15am journey on Wednesday morning, due to high winds in excess of 60mph (50 knots) on the Irish Sea.


All passengers affected will go on a “priority standby status” for future sailings, said a spokesman from the Steam Packet Company. Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: “I would like to apologise to all our passengers but we had no alternative but to cancel these sailings given forecast conditions.

TT fans Rich Clover and Andy Smith from Gloucester told the BBC they were trying to get an alternative sailing. “What can you do about it? Absolutely nothing,” added Mr Clover. “We know some of the lads who are racing so we might be able to stay with them tonight. If not there’s the good old Sea Terminal floor. We’ll get through it; it’s not the end of the world”.


The Isle of Man government said anyone in need of accommodation should visit the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal. While a Facebook page called the TT and Manx Grand Prix Helpline has also been established to offer free help to all TT visitors.

Ross Mowbray

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