The world’s largest and perhaps most prestigious sailing competition; the Royally favoured Cowes Week, has seen the globes most talented sailors compete alongside seasoned amateurs and novices alike since 1826.
This years event takes place from Saturday 6th – Saturday 13th August 2016, and promises to be a fun filled week with plenty of live entertainment and something to suit everyone.
Celebrating its 190th year of competition this summer, the regatta is one of the longest-running regular sailing races in the world.
With 40 daily races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,000 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
Having started in 1826, the sporting event is held in the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight and is recognised as quintessentially British and a highlight of the British social calendar.
The event draws competitors and those who love to watch from across the world to witness the fierce competition and challenging conditions – action which spectators can enjoy from the shores of the Isle of White.
Spectators can watch the action from the shore or watch from the huge screens live-streaming the racing action.
This year there will be plenty of pop up bars and restaurants, from a Nyetimber bus to a Fevertree bar set up in a shipping container. Don’t miss the RAF Typhoon fly-past, followed by the famous fireworks display on Friday 12th August!
Families can take part in fun activities including a cardboard boat race on Family day on 7th August, and women sailors are celebrated at Ladies Day on the 9th August where there will be a cocktail reception and presentation of Ladies Day Trophy.
Entered by numerous members of the Royal Family including George V, HRH Prince Philip and HRH Princess Anne as well as famous faces from across the sailing world and beyond, this is a key event in the British Sporting Season.
The rigour of competition, atmosphere of revelry and impressive technical capabilities of the event are certain to ensure a record-breaking year for Cowes Week in 2016.