A sailing spectacle on the Solent
With 40 daily races, 8,000 competitors and 100,000 spectators, Cowes Week is the world’s largest annual sailing regatta. Since 1826, this sporting event has attracted gold-medallist Olympians, weekend sailors, monarchs and sporting royalty.
Across eight days, competitors race contemporary and classic vessels, including heritage classes such as Dragons, Flying Fifteens and Sea View Mermaids.
Competitive and convivial in equal measure, Cowes Week isn’t just about watching from the sidelines. Spectators can get close to the thrilling action, taking to the water on spectator boats and RIB rides. If you haven’t quite found your sea legs, staying on dry land gives event-goers a close view of the boats at the start line as the countdowns (and cannons) ring out from the Royal Yacht Squadron battlements. Shore-side is also the place to soak up the festival spirit with après-racing champagne to after-dark entertainment.
It doesn’t matter in which class you sail. There’s strong but friendly competition throughout and the Solent always delivers great racing in everything from five to 30 knots of wind.
Laurence Mead, Regatta Director
4 - 11 August
Isle of Wight, Hampshire
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