Cowes Week

Cowes Week Yacht Racing

 What exactly is Cowes Week?

Cowes Week is an iconic British sporting event and one of the longest running and best-known sailing regattas in the world. The event in 2017 lasts for eight days 29th July – 5th August.

How many boats take part?

Between 800 and 1,000 boats

 Is it just for professionals?

No. The event is open to everyone with amateur sailors competing alongside Olympic and World Champions. The eight-day racing programme encompasses people from all walks of life, of all ages and abilities and with a range of boats as diverse as the crews participating.

And how many people?

Up to 8,000 sailors race every day, plus there are over 100,000 visitors who come to Cowes to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and experience the unique atmosphere which makes Cowes Week so special.

What type of racing is it?

The sheltered waters and unusual tidal conditions of the Solent make for some interesting and challenging sailing for competitors. The majority of classes start and finish on the Royal Yacht Squadron line and sail varied ’round-the-cans’ courses designed to suit the style of boat and prevailing wind and tide conditions on each day. A number of classes also sail courses from a committee boat start on certain days – a feature which is becoming increasingly popular. Certainly, with up to 1000 boats sailing some 30 different courses in one of the busiest commercial stretches of water in the world, the racing Cowes Week is never dull!


So what else happens other than the racing?

Cowes provides excellent shore-side facilities for both sailors and visitors, with plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Cowes Parade, Cowes Yacht Haven, East Cowes Marina and Shephards Wharf Marina also provide entertainment, food and bars as well as berthing (but book early!). There’s a lively social programme ranging from the renowned Yacht Club Balls to an excellent line-up of live bands performing across the various bar areas; there’s also a superb choice of cuisine available to suit every palate. The atmosphere on shore is carnival-like with plenty of open-air activities and street entertainment.

Why Lagoon Watersports?

We have plenty of experience in racing and have competed regularly in Cowes, Round the Island Race and the Fastnet. We also offer quality instruction with our experienced and professional RYA instructors. We will provide a competitive, calm and fun boat ensuring everyone is learning as much as possible. We have several options for individuals or corporates and groups.

Choose from  a couple of days a full week or chartering the a whole boat.

Map / Directions
What to Bring
Cancellation Policy

Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Pontoon 6
Western Concourse
Brighton Marina

We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Lagoon Watersports once you are in Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.


To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

By Bus
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.

By Bike
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.

On foot
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.

By train 
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away.

By Air
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.

Our Coastal Membership Club gives you unique and exciting opportunities out on the sea from Brighton Marina. Our aim is to offer people easy access to boating without all the hassles and fees of owning a boat.

  • Practice sailing on a regular basis and improve upon your skills
  • Access to yachts, keel boats and jet skis
  • Attend our weekly RYA Instructor led clinics and social events
  • Partake in mile building, yacht trips or racing events
  • Meet new people that you can sail with
  • Get out on the water independently or as part of a team
  • Introduce friends and family to the sport
  • 15% Discount on RYA Training Courses


Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.

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Yacht Racing with Lagoon Watersports

  • Well maintained yachts with expert tuition for racing
  • Brighton Marina is the perfect gateway to the open sea
  • Less than 3 miles from Brighton Pier right on the sea front at Brighton Marina
  • Gain more experience and mileage
  • Improve skills, racing tactics and navigation
  • Run by highly experienced, qualified and friendly RYA instructors
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including lifejackets
  • Fun, fun, fun!