Cowes Week, which takes place in the Solent waters near the Isle of Wight, is one of the world’s most famous and longest-running sailing regattas. A British institution started by George IV in the nineteenth century, Cowes Week now welcomes around 100,000 people to compete, spectate and socialise at the numerous events taking place onboard and on land. The event makes for an amazing spectacle, with the Solent illuminated with over 1,000 yachts and cruisers of all shapes and sizes. Cowes Week is a traditional event with an inclusive feel, attracting visitors and competitors of all ages and abilities who descend upon the South coast to join in the fun.
Cowes Week takes place from 4th to 11th August in the Solent Waters with land-based activities taking place in Southampton and in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. To get to the event, take a train to Southampton Central and then a ferry across the Solent to Cowes. For those coming from abroad, the nearest airports are Southampton and Bournemouth. One of the highlights of the week is the final Friday fireworks - a spectacular display which has been entertaining the Cowes crowd since the event’s inception. There will also be non-sailing events such as the outdoor cinema and a gravity-defying display by The Red Arrows.
If you’re not a sailor yourself, there’s still plenty of fun to be had during Cowes Week. Not only can you get up close to some incredible yachts but you can also marvel at the sailing skills of some of the competitors - the Solent is notorious for its tricky and dangerous double tides. If you’d like to get really close to the action, why not hop on a Spectator boat to get the very best view of the race.
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Make sure you book plenty of time on the Isle of Wight to see all the sights of this fascinating island, including the Wight Military & Heritage Museum, Northwood Park and Cowes Maritime Museum. Head to Cowes Ale House to sample their renowned selection of real ale.
To find out more information about this exciting Regatta, please head to the Cowes Week website where you’ll be able to find out all about the races in the 2018 Regatta, find tips on what to wear to the event and check out photos and videos from 2017 Cowes Week.
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