Yacht racing on Isle of Wight


Yacht Racing on Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cowes Week Sailing


Cowes Week is an 8 day sailing regatta that usually take place in the first week of August on the Isle of Wight.

It is one of the longest-running sporting events in UK history, dating back to 1826 when the regatta first

took place with

a fleet of only seven boats lined up on the start line!

Click here for the latest on this year’s event.

Originally known as the Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta, Cowes Week became a regular fixture in the

English Summer Season, thanks largely to the interests of George IV.

This established its traditional dates, which fit between Goodwood and the start of the grouse shooting season.

Cowes Week Sailing

Cowes Week today attracts up to 1,000 boats, and is the world’s best-known sailing regatta.

During the event the Solent makes for a truly spectacular sight, with 100 year old wooden dayboats

sharing the waters with ultra-modern machines made of carbon fibre, and with small dinghys racing

alongside maxi yachts.

There are up to 40 races taking place daily during the week with a varied range of experience across

the 8,000 competing crews, with World and Olympic Champions racing against amateur weekend

sailors and beginners.

The atmosphere across the town of Cowes is transformed into that of a festival during Cowes Week,

with 100,000 spectators who come to watch the sailing and enjoy the parties and live entertainment.

The event is completely free to attend as a spectator and many of the races of the races can be

enjoyed from the shore.

Cowes Week From The Shores

There is never a shortage of celebrities and sports personalities who come to enjoy the

competitive race action at the event although this is usually done secretly with no prior advertisement.

As a result it means that there is always a strong likelihood of rubbing shoulders with the rich and

famous at any of the bars, pubs and restaurants in


For maritime enthusiasts don’t miss the Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea taking place in June.

THE final stage of the Cowes breakwater project is underway this week,

. This will make Cowes a world class yachting destination. see Cowes breakwater update

It involves reshaping the breakwater’s gravel core before putting thousands of tonnes of rock armour on top.

Camper and Nicolson will operate the new Victoria Quay and Marina

Westcourt Real estate are working on the restoration and development of the waterfront.

This is all part of a  £200million pound redevelopment of East Cowes and the harbour

. see the Cowes Yachting Group or

The Solitaire du Figaro has chosen Cowes as the only stop over for its race from Deauville

to La Rochelle , visiting between June 22 and June 23rd 2016. What a catch for the Isle of Wight,

but we do have the best sailing conditions in the South Coast.

The Yarmouth gaffers’ festival    has been so successful that the next festival will be on

June 2nd 2017 giving the organisers a well earned rest , but book in that date for a weekend of fun,

and to see all the gaff rigged boats dressed all over.

As an admirals Cup and America’s Cup venue the Solent has to be the place to enjoy sail racing

and soak up the festivities.