Skandia Cowes Week – the world’s oldest and largest sailing Regatta – takes place every August in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Event celebrated its 180th Anniversary in 2006 making it one of the oldest events in UK sporting history.
An exciting racing schedule from 4-11th August, 2007, will attract around 8,500 competitors, and a variety of shore side activities brings in an additional 10,000 visitors to Cowes on each day of the 8-day Event. This all helps to ensure a unique festival atmosphere and an amazing spectacle – it is truly magnificent to see a 1,000 boats racing on the Solent, with some fantastic spectator opportunities both from the shoreside as well as from spectator boats. From a participation point of view, the event is fully inclusive and people from all walks of life and all ages get involved.
In 2006 Cowes Week hosted their first-ever Champagne G.H. Mumm Ladies Day. It is a celebration of women in sailing, as sailing is one of the few mainstream sports where men and women have the chance to compete equally and at Skandia Cowes Week over one third of all competitors are female. This year the Champagne G.H. Mumm Ladies Day @ Skandia Cowes Week is on Thursday 9 August.
Best of all, Skandia Cowes Week is not ticketed, so once you have got to Cowes, the only extra spending will be for things like your copy of the programme, a trip out on the spectator boat, eating, and any drinks (although please note that as a venue, Cowes Yacht Haven is ticket-only after 18:00).