Cowes Week is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events, playing a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and it takes place right here off the shores of Hampshire. This year the dates are 3rd – 10th August.
Cowes Week has been running in early August since 1826, apart from during the two World Wars. The first race was for a Gold Cup worth £100 and was between just seven yachts under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club (this later became the Royal Yacht Squadron). The next year the event gained Royal approval with King George IV presenting the King’s Cup and the event became known as the Cowes Regatta. It was run as a three day, then a four day event and quickly became part of the social calendar. It has grown over the years to be a week long event and stages up to 40 races per day for around 1000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
The event also offers plenty to do for everyone. The whole week is a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. There are around 8500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. Over 100,000 people go to watch the sailing and enjoy the many social events, parties and live entertainment that the event has on offer.
To find out more about this fantastic week visit the website