COWES WEEK ULTIMATE GUIDE
We have just come back from another great year at Cowes week. If you don’t know what Cowes week is where have you been hiding? Its the worlds largest Sailing event and is held each year in Cowes, Isle of Wright.
Dates: 8th-15th August
What’s good about Cowes week is if you are spectating you can see all the action from the shore along the parade this is also where you will find the sizeable open-air bar and stage that runs into the night with live bands. Lots of fresh food and a good number of retailers selling sailing-related products with over 100,000 visitors it’s not to be missed.
Viewing the Racing Best Spots
Racing starts at 10 am sharp every day, and if you want the best view from the shore, I would advise watching from Between the Royal Yacht Squadron and the cannons (If you can handle the Cannons going off. Your right on the line here so you can see all the boats as they start I love this spot.
If you have a radio, you can also tune in to the local radio station (Cowes Radio) that gives you live commentary from the water. Hence, you always know what’s going on at any given time. You can listen in to interviews from the skippers, crews, even Celebrity’s. Find out the winners and the losers at any time handy to have a radio with you if you want to get involved with the racing on the day.
If that’s not enough and you want a little more adrenaline, and you would like to be even closer to the action you can. For a price obviously, You can jump on a spectator boat, they are out on the water for an hour at a time they head out from Trinity landing. Costs are £12.50 for an adult and £8 for a child so very fair as regards price.
You can get better though; You can jump on a rib, they run all week and also last an hour, these are good as this is as close as you can get to the racing without being in the race yourself! Make sure you have a good pair of Oakley Sunglasses when on the water. Cost of the rib ride for one hour is £37 per adult and £25 for a child. Pro tip: on Saturday and the Sunday Sail GP will be racing between 3 pm and 5 pm and they the ones to watch the action-packed sailing at its best cost for this is £110 per person and will be three races
When the Sun Goes Down
As the sun starts to set that’s when the party’s begin, Believe me, I mean party! In the Town, you have the party’s all over the place each bar will have its own thing going on like a band etc. On parade itself you have the large stage with live bands and all the racing results and standings, So why no hang around here party into the night and rub solders with all the Competitors, Food is available all night as is alcohol.
Oakley offers the best when it comes to eyewear and over 90% of the sailers that compete where the Sunglasses. With technology like Prizm, it is a no brainer for these guys and girls, Oakley sunglasses have a lens called Deep Water this lens is a massive help for sailing as it enabled you to see wind on water clearly to help give you that upper hand when it comes to elite sailing.
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