Countdown to Cowes week

Caroline Cassidy

One of Britain's longest running and best loved sporting events, Cowes Week is also the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world, with some 40 races happening each day. This year's event kicks off on 6th August.

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Sailing events

As many as 100,000 spectators are expected to attend this year's event, which sees 8,500 competitors race each day, amongst them Olympic and world class professionals and enthusiastic beginners.

The sheltered waters and unusual tidal conditions of the Solent off the Isle of Wight make for some challenging sailing conditions - and with 1000 boats sailing some 30-odd different courses in one of the busiest commercial stretches of water in the world, racing at Cowes is never dull!

On-shore entertainment

In addition to the sailing, there are lots of on-shore events and activities to enjoy with carnival-like street entertainment and live music on offer, as well as plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Cowes Parade, Cowes Yacht Haven, East Cowes Marina and Shepards Wharf Marina also provide entertainment, food and bars as well as berthing (but book early as competition for berths is fierce).

You can enjoy street theatre every afternoon on the Parade and in the High Street while Friday evening offers a spectacular firework display that's watched by thousands.

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