Cowes Week

Yachts Racing in Cowes Week

Yachts Racing in Cowes Week

Cowes Week is nearly upon us, starting this year on Saturday 3rd August.  As a keen sailor myself sailing both racing yachts and dinghies I have for many years always wanted to take part in Cowes Week but have never got around to competing, I have always watched it. I have been to plenty of other regattas like the Classic Channel Regatta, where we sailed from Dartmouth in Devon to Paimpol in France and then onto Guernsey in The Channel Islands.

So what is Cowes Week?

Cowes week is one of the largest sailing regattas in the world. Each year the event can attract up to 1,000 boats, with that comes around about 8,500 competitors because each yacht varies is number of crew, some yachts only take 2 people to sail where others may take 10. The event attracts all kind of skill levels from Olympic and world class professionals to those who just sail for fun and at weekends. As well as all the sailors a number of visitors are attracted to Cowes for the week to enjoy the festival atmosphere.

Where is Cowes Week?

The event is held on the Solent, this is a piece of water between England and the Isle of Wight. All of the yachts are moored in Cowes harbour on the Isle of Wight. Cowes Week started back in 1826 when cutters and raters took part. After World War II there was a revival of big yacht racing especially ocean racing classes, in decades to follow Cowes Week has opened up to modest self-skipped yachts.

As well as all the sailing activity Cowes Week also offers on shore activities including live music and cocktail parties. One of the must see events is the fireworks display held on the last night of the event, the display has been occurring for more than 150 years now.

If you want to know more about Cowes Week, check out the official website:


At times it can be hard to find somewhere to stay during the event, luckily we have a few hotels nearby, our nearest hotel to Cowes is Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel in Ryde or a bit further away is Bay Broadway Park Hotel in Sandown.

Have you taken part in Cowes week or watched?  If so let me know, your thoughts and comments may make me get organised for 2014.

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Love any type of water-sport, especially sailing. Normally out each weekend in Torbay even in the winter months! Another passion of mine is anything to do with computers and technology.

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