- What: The world's longest running annual sailing regatta, attracting 1,000 yachts of every class for eight days of racing.
- When: Traditionally it begins the first Saturday after the last Tuesday in July. Confused? It's August 2 to 9 in 2008.
- Where: In the Solent, the channel that separates the Isle of Wight from The South Coast of England
- Admission: Spectating is free. Yachting? Well what do you think?
- Visit the Website and check out the Spectator Guide
An annual must for the world's yachtsmenThey've been racing yachts in the Solent during Cowes Week every year since 1826 - with time out for two world wars. Today the daily Cowes week races draw the international sailing fraternity, both professional and amateur. Classes range from simple day boats to the most advanced, high tech, multi-million dollar craft. All under sail of course. In 2007, a typical year, 1,000 yachts and more than 8,500 crew members were set to participate.
During the week, Cowes celebrates. So spectators who enjoy the buzz of a sailing resort and who like to watch thousands of boats in hotly contested races, find plenty to do - from shopping and dining to enjoying live music and street entertainment along Cowes Parade (a street, by the way, not a procession). The Friday night fireworks are said to be spectacular.