Cowes week is a spectacular sailing event that takes place in August each year and is regarded as one of the UK’s longest running and successful sporting event of its kind. Although sailing is the top billing this is also a great day out for everyone with live music, street entertainment, stores and food available.
The event has been running since 1886 and now host over 1,000 boats taking place in up to 40 sailing events daily. Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place after Glorious Goodwood and before the Glorious Twelfth (the first day of the grouse shooting season) – occasionally the traditional dates are changed to ensure optimum racing, taking account of the tides or, as in 2012, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games. Over the years the event has attracted British and foreign royalty, and many famous faces.
Although the regatta is over 180 years old, it is only in recent times that the Week has become an integrated series of races organised by a single body. During the post-war era, each day of racing was run by a different Cowes or Solent mainland club. Every club printed their own sailing instructions and ran their own programme for the day. By 1964 however, the clubs had realised that there were significant benefits in having one central body to coordinate the racing. They agreed to combine resources and establish Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC) to run the racing as a single organisation. CCC has 10 member clubs, and on each day of the regatta an individual club presents its own trophies prizes. The race teams are arranged on what has become known as the ‘triumvirate’ system – three combined teams of race officers representing the various clubs.
One of the great things about Lendy Cowes Week is that spectators can watch much of the racing from the shore. The Green and The Parade are great places to view the action and spectators also now have a number of fantastic opportunities to go afloat.
Whether you’re a competitor at Lendy Cowes Week, are interested in watching the racing, or simply want to be involved in the festival atmosphere of the event, there are loads of things to see and do. Here are some of the events that are taking place in 2017…
Family Day 2017 will take place on Sunday with lots to do for the whole family
Celebrating the achievements of women in sailing on Ladies Day, will take place on Tuesday.
Thanks to the kind support of Artemis Investment Management, The Red Arrows display team are back in Cowes on Friday evening.
The Sevenstar Triple Crown, Lendy Cowes Week’s new event for for the world’s largest and most glamorous yachts will take place from Tuesday to Thursday
In-between watching the events, there is lots going on with Live Music, Victorian Fun Fair, Outdoor Cinema, Beer Tents and pop up bars, street performers, stalls, shops. food bars, entertainers, facepainting and Glitter Tattoos, tree climbing, aerial displays, rides, sailing experiences and more plus lets not forget the jaw dropping Firework display
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