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Cowes Week

Listed under Sailing in Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Taking part in Cowes Week is certainly getting to the centre of sailing on the globe, in terms of location, scale and history. Cowes is probably the true sailing capital of the world and Cowes week is the oldest regular regatta in the world, starting in 1826 due the enthusiasm of the Prince Regent, later King George the IV, for yacht sailing and racing.

Located on the Solent – the stretch of water between the South coast of England and the Isle of Wight – the water is one of the busiest in the world for yachts at any time of the year, so on Cowes week this becomes an incredible spectacle. Over 1000 yachts descend on the tiny coastal village for the eight day regatta in early August every year and 8500 sailors take to the water every day.

With over 30 classes the collection of boats and competitors is incredibly varied, from huge professional sports yachts to small day cruisers, and also includes a high calibre of dinghy racing. Cowes offers racing for every level of sailor: it attracts world champions and Olympic winners to complete amateurs. As a result almost anyone can compete, if you don't have your own yacht then you can try to find a crewing position at sailing clubs around the country or on the internet.

The Solent is known for its tricky and challenging tidal movements and sailing conditions which makes the races particularly exciting to watch. On shore, the entertainment during the week is legendary. There are balls, public and private parties, corporate vents and shows as well as great catering and a famous fireworks display on the final Friday.

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Written by  Jane Ferguson.

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