Cowes Week is one of the longest-running events in UK sporting history having first taken place in 1826. It is an inclusive, aspirational sailing regatta; the largest of its kind in the world!
Between 800 and 1000 boats in up to forty different handicap, one-design and multihull classes race every day for eight days. It is a complete mixture of classic and ultra-modern designs that gives the regatta its uniqueness. Several classes that raced more than 50 years ago are still racing today; Dragons, Flying Fifteens, Redwings, Sea View Mermaids, Solent Sunbeams, Swallows, Victories and X-one-designs.
Around 8000 competitors now participate, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend sailors. The spectacle that the racing provides, together with the vibrant festival atmosphere attracts over 100000 visitors to Cowes during the event.