Top Things to Do at Cowes Week

Cowes Week racing

With Cowes Week just around the corner, we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite events. This week has something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned competitor, avid spectator or first timer looking to join in on the festivities.

From 8-14th August 2020, an estimated 100,000 people will descend into the sleepy seaport town of Cowes to participate in one of the longest running regattas in the world. From eclectic pop up bars in its iconic Race Village to treasure hunts along Cowes Parade, read on to navigate the best entertainment Cowes Week has to offer!

What is there to do at Cowes Week?

1.       Sail!

During the week around 1,000 boats, split across 40 different classes will compete daily – but you don’t have to be a professional record breaker to revel across the Solent’s exhilarating shores! Whether you’re looking for some friendly competition, want to park yourself on the starting line near the Royal Yacht Squadron or jump on a RIB and get one step closer to the action, everyone’s a sailing hero when you hit bars come evening.

2.       Quench your thirst with a Dark & Stormy

After a hard day at Cowes, we’d recommend kicking back with the ultimate sailor’s tipple – the Dark & Stormy. Partnering up with Westerhall’s Distillery, you’ll find our Sunsail RIB at the finishing line, Egypt point, for a well-deserved, refreshingly zingy rum and ginger classic.

3.       Try local and exotic delicacies

Come for the sailing, stay for the food. Choose from Cowes eclectic mix of local market stalls and open air bars, or pop over to Sunsail’s stand at Cowes Yacht Haven for something more exotic with a range of cocktails and goodies courtesy of Croatia, British Virgin Islands and Grenada Tourist Boards.

Dates for your Diary

2020 dates to be pushed - but here's a flavour of lasts years full agenda:

Saturday 10-11 August 2019

NEW FOR 2019: Sail GP Comes to Cowes Week! Charter on the Friday or Saturday and you will get to see this brand new event featuring world class boats flying through the Solent.

Family Day, Sunday 11th August 2019

Cowes High Street comes to life, keeping little sailors entertained between 11am and 6pm with live music, entertainers and face-painting, with families getting special rates on spectator boats.

Charity Day, Monday 12th August 2019

The 1851 Trust continues as Official Event Charity for Cowes Week 2019. Supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK the Trust will be running fundraising activities throughout the week from gutter boat racing, prize draws and family games on the parade.

Slingsby Ladies Day, Tuesday 13th August 2019

Celebrating women in sailing don your best Breton stripes to show support. Keep an eye out inspirational sailing celebrities at Slingsby Ladies Day Reception at Norwood House from 6:30pm.

Youth Day, Wednesday 14th August 2019

Enjoy discounted entrance fees for crews under 25 years old and a Caribbean party, with the chance of winning a ticket for skipper and guest to race in Antigua Sailing Week 2020!

Triple Crown Regatta Thursday 15 August 2019

Enjoy a front row seat to the exhilarating mini-series racing event for big boats with a prestigious prize giving ceremony at the Royal Yacht Squadron.

RAF Typhoon, Fireworks and awards Friday 16 – Saturday 17 August 2019

Turn your eyes to the skies on Friday as the RAF Typhoon display team fly in style from 19.30, before the traditional regatta fireworks display brings the week to an explosive finale at 21.30!

Sunsail news

Sunsail is proud to be the official charter sailing partner of Cowes Week. This partnership has allowed us to become heavily involved in the event. We're the only charter company to have a dedicated racing class, with the Sunsail Racing Series pitting competitors against one another in a fleet of identical Sunsail Match First 40 yachts. Victory belongs to the crew with the greatest skill and teamwork! Pop over to Sunsail’s stand at Cowes Yacht Haven for a chat and come and see for yourself.

One thing’s for sure, you can’t miss our stand right next to the beer tent, so come along for a chat whenever you like.

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