Cowes Week is an 8 day sailing regatta that usually take place in the first week of August on the Isle of Wight. The 2017 race takes place from July 29th to August 5th.
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!
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 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 event is completely free to attend as a spectator and many of the races of the races can be enjoyed from the shore.
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.
Find accommodation in Cowes during the regatta as well as travel information.
For maritime enthusiasts don't miss the Isle of Wight's Festival of the Sea taking place in June.