Thrilling Seafaring History For Duffle Coats And Cowes Week

There’s nothing quite like Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World, an iconic feature of the British sporting calendar.


Montgomery and ‘s history is so ingrained in seafaring, how could we not celebrate the magnificent Lendy Cowes Week? Its one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events and is an absolute highlight of the British sporting summer. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars.





Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place after Glorious Goodwood and before the Glorious Twelfth (the first day of the grouse shooting season) – occasionally the traditional dates are changed to ensure optimum racing, taking account of the tides or, as in 2012, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games.  Over the years the event has attracted British and foreign royalty and a raft of famous faces.


The first race was for a Gold Cup of the Value of £100, held in 1826 for just seven yachts under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club (which later became the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1833). The next year King George IV indicated his approval of the event by presenting a cup (the King’s Cup, presented at every subsequent event until 1939) to mark the occasion, and the event became known as Cowes Regatta. This was run as a three-day, then a four-day, event and quickly became part of the social calendar.


The early 1900s saw the Cowes Regatta continue in strength with the graceful 23-, 19- and 15-metre boats racing in all their glory, followed by J-class boats later on in the 1930’s.


Today? Well today is a slightly different story. Lendy (official main sponsor) Cowes Week truly is the pinnacle of the sailing calendar and regarded as a true ‘Blue Ribbon’ event around the world. Premier sailing teams will arrive on their gleaming and highly prized multimillion pound yachts from around the world to jockey for position to make the best of changing tides of the Solent in the seas surrounding the Isle of White.


The event boasts a thrilling 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,000 competitors racing and over 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night. Yachting is a big and very a glamorous business. The official race sponsors for 2017 are the property company Lendy although you will also find pretty much every other luxury brand flying their corporate flag at this amazing regatta.


The event is a real spectators dream, as you can watch the races from the shoreline, drinking champagne with your fish and chips or jump aboard one of the many sailing boats willing to get you up close to all the action. If you want thrills, action, luxury and family fun, this event is for you.


The famous closing fireworks will take place on the final Friday of the event. With so much to see and do, you can keep track of the event plans as they develop in the build-up to 29th July – 5th August via the official site:

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