Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this study shows yachts under sail with the masts of ships moored beyond. Whether fortuitously or not, the boat rolling towards the left and the shape of the cloud above it are comparable to those in the corresponding part of the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Beating to Windward, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.150 no.242, pl.246 (colour).