As far as British regattas are concerned, few can claim such a proud tradition as Cowes Week. Having been held every year (apart from during the two world wars) since 1826 in the Solent, Cowes Week is one of the world's longest running regattas, celebrating some of the finest vessels and sailors that the world has to offer.
Cowes Regatta, as it was originally known, began with the presentation of The King's Cup to the winners of the day's big race by King George IV. Back then, the event lasted for three days and featured just seven yachts racing. Today however, the event has grown into what we now know as Cowes Week. It stages up to 40 daily races with up to 1,000 boats of differing class and designs taking part over the eight days of Cowes Week 2013.
Cowes Week is an event designed for the whole family to enjoy. Although there are some events that are exclusively for members of different yachting clubs and the elite of the yachting world, there's still plenty of fun to be had. You can take in a boat race from almost any vantage point, be it from seaside cafes to a seat on the beach. You can even take a ride on a spectator boat for a great view of the action or a helicopter ride along the coast of Cowes, if your budget will stretch that far.
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2-9 August - Check the weather forecast for this year's Cowes week on, and around, the Isle of Wight.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is sure to again provide an exciting mix of competitive sailing and a great après-sail scene. Over 8,000 participants are expected to take part, ranging from world champions and Olympians to weekend sailors, and in excess of 100,000 visitors will enjoy the unique atmosphere and experience that the event offers.
Even after you have enjoyed the day's boating, the vibrant atmosphere provided by the Cowes Parade Village will keep you busy for the rest of the evening. The week-long event ends in a firework display that's secured legendary status as one of the biggest and brightest you'll see all summer.
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