The French forces were much larger than the English forces, numbering around 150 warships, and 30,000 troops. The English had around 80 ships, but they fought to the bitter end and managed to repel the French during a number of attacks. It was on this day though, that the French managed to land troops near Sandown Castle. Whilst trying to dig in local militia rushed the beach, and a bloody battle ensued. The French soldiers who survived retreated to their ships and the French fleet finally departed on 28th July.