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.
Please Email Us to or call 01273 42 48 42 opt 1 about the options for a truly amazing sailing event.
(Accommodation onboard sharing cabins)
Corporate or Group Charter
We can also charter out the boat to groups or for corporate events during Cowes. Please Email Us for more information and prices.
The cost includes Accommodation upon the Yacht and Race Skipper/Trainer.
Excludes Race entry and berthing fees