Cowes Week – Isle of Wight
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.
2014 was a fantastic year for Cowes week with some great racing and superb weather. For those enjoying the week from the shoreside there was a multitude of activities to watch and take part in such as: Sailing taster sessions with UKSA, Panoramic views across the Solent could be found at on the big wheel at Northwood House.A display by The Blades aerobatic display team, Family day included a screening of “The Goonies” took place at Northwood House, Visitors were able to nominate their “boss” to be harnessed at the top of a mast to raise money for UKSA , Exhibition racing, Ladies day, RAF Typhoon demonstrated full range of the Typhoon’s performance to the watching public, The iconic Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, The famous Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Fireworks Display plus so much more…
All images above are by Photographer Rick Tomlinson – Copyright