Whether you are looking to visit for a day, or for a longer period - Cowes and East Cowes is the perfect sailing destination. The piece of water between The Isle of Wight and mainland UK stretches 20 miles along the Island coastline, and is one of the busiest stretches of water in the world – and the base most of the sailing and racing out from Cowes.
Internationally famous, Cowes is the mecca for all things sailing – in fact the very first America’s Cup was held in Cowes in 1851 and it’s still the biggest international race on the sailing calendar to this day. Cowes is also home to the Royal Yacht Squadron – where the Cowes Week races are started.
Every year thousands of people make their way to the Island – under the power of wind, or just via one of the Island’s ferries, to join in with some of the world class sailing events which take place – or just to make the most of the Island’s micro-climate, as they head out onto the water.
If you’re coming to the Island for a sailing event in Cowes, you’ll find everything you need in the town. There’s quality berthing facilities available, crew houses in town as well as chandleries, supermarkets and pubs – all the essentials in fact!
If you’re not already a sailor or you want to take your existing skills to a new level, why not take time to update your skills. The sheltered waters of the Solent are perfect for sailing, plus the Island’s mild climate is ideal for sea sports including powerboating and jet-skiing. Check out the many courses on offer with the local experts, UKSA.
Local sailing clubs host dinghy races every summer. You can compete, or if you’re a landlubber you can watch from the shore with a beachside cappuccino or a pub lunch overlooking the water.
Why not head to the beach to catch some sun - and whilst you are there you can enjoy stunning views of the Solent. There are plenty of beaches to choose from as well. Why not head to Gurnard, the perfect spot for watching the racing out to sea - with a glorious sunset guaranteed each evening. Or head to East Cowes for the perfect seaside escape, with space for a picnic on the green behind.
Sailing events are an important part of the Cowes calendar. Thousands visit the Island for the annual Round the Island Race – in 2017 this is on July 1st, as well as the Cowes Week regatta, taking place from July 29th to August 5th 2017.
If you're looking to stay in Cowes, have a look at our accommodation page for more information.
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East Cowes Beach is a quiet shingle and sand beach with fantastic views across West Cowes and its marina, and also out across the Solent.
Cowes Beach is a short pebble and shell covered beach to the west of the town front or Parade.
Gurnard Beach is a quaint traditional, pebble and shingle beach, just a stone's throw south east of the town of Cowes.
UKSA’s waterfront campus in Cowes on the sunny Isle of Wight is the perfect location for residential and non-residential sailing and watersports activities.
COWES HARBOUR COMMISSION – HARBOUR AUTHORITY & MARINE SERVICES PROVIDER
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is the statutory harbour authority for Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight. The Cowes Harbour area of jurisdiction starts from the Prince...
East Cowes Marina welcomes visiting yachts and motor boats all year round to our 360 berth marina on the sunny and sheltered banks of the river Medina.
Cowes Yacht Haven represents the heart of the international sailing world in Cowes. Whether you are looking to berth your boat or entertain corporate clients in a unique setting, Cowes Yacht Haven has it all.