Cowes Week Sailing – Landlubbers Guide

What is Cowes Week?

Cowes Week is the largest sailing Regatta of its kind in the world. It is held in the Solent waterway between the Isle of White and the UK mainland with the competition based and organised from the Isle of White town of Cowes. Competition involves various classes of cruiser racers, one-designs and keel boats. Typically there are over 8,500 competitors and 1000 boats taking part. The high volume of boats with their coloured sails produces a colourful effect across the waterway. Cowes week is held at the beginning of August and this year takes place between Saturday 3rd and Saturday 10th August.

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Cowes Week Atmosphere

Cowes week has a real festival atmosphere with the sailing and onshore activities attracting 100,000 spectators per year. With marquees in the marinas serving food and drink, cocktail parties and live entertainment, the town is bustling with activity well in to the night. The Friday night fireworks on the Friday of Cowes week are a sight to behold.

Entertaining at Cowes week

With the summer sun glistening on the water, the colourful scene of competing boats and the on-shore festivities, Cowes Week provides an enjoyably laid back yet vibrant setting, ideal for entertaining clients or enjoying a summer’s day with friends. Participate in the sailing experience or simply sit back and take it all in. For the ultimate day’s experience, a gourmet lunch on board a moored luxury yacht is the height of style. 

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