As one of the most prestigious and long running regular regattas in the world, it is with great anticipation and excitement that everyone awaits Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight. Running from 2nd – 9th August, the little town of Cowes will turn into a hive of activity.
The festival started 188 years ago in August 1826 and was predominantly viewed as a rich man’s sport. However this image changed in the years that followed World War II, and started to be viewed as a sport for people from all walks of life.
With over 100,000 visitors in the past years, it’s an exciting and lively place to be, with a thriving festival atmosphere. Live music and parties adorn the town, making the area busy with a whole variety of different people.
There are around 40 races each day – with the boats being split into 2 categories. The White group consist of day boats, which are the smaller of the two groups. The Black group comprises of larger boats with cabins – which are generally slower than the rest.
With 1,000 boats competing, Cowes Week truly offers a spectacle for boat lovers, sailors and just those who love to enjoy the experience!
The key areas to visit when attending Cowes Week are Cowes Yacht Haven, on Cowes Parade and at Shepards Wharf Marina where entertainment and activities are offered for the general public, as well as those racing.
Why not make your trip to Cowes Week a mini break away with a visit to the Montagu Arms while you’re on your way? With some great special offers, it’s just what you need to kick back, relax and enjoy the summer!