Cowes Week is the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World and is an iconic feature of the British sporting calendar. There are around 8,500 competitors in the various races, in addition to the 130,000 spectators that visit Cowes to soak up the atmosphere and watch the sailing.
What to see:
Obviously the sailing has to be watched even if you aren’t into the sport. One of the best locations to do this each morning is the area between the Castle of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the cannons – as long as you don’t mind the loud bangs! Here you can get right on the line and see who got the best start and which boats were over the line. You can also hear the race officers giving their countdowns and calling the starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron battlements. In the afternoon, head along the Green towards Egypt Point to watch the fleet as they finish.
Where to eat:
For only a small place, there are still a few places well worth a visit to line the stomachs before a night of partying in Cowes. Award winning Mojac is certainly one to check out with its regularly changing menu making the most of seasonal and fresh produce. However, our favourite place to eat is The Grill which makes the most of fresh local produce, and combines it with excellent cuts of meat to prove simply sublime dishes that everyone must sample!
Where to party:
Cowes week definitely has a festival atmosphere, and if you are a live music fan then Cowes is certainly a great place to be. With three stages hosting nightly live music, there is plenty to choose from between Shepards Wharf Marina, The Parade or Cowes Yacht haven. However, the event of the week if you really want to let your hair down is the The Mount Gay Rum Red Cap crew party at Shepards Wharf, Cowes. Only the first 500 will be rewarded with one of the most cherished mementoes of a red cap, the party runs on a Thursday from 6pm and continues until 2pm in the legendary 151 nightclub.
Where to stay:
For those who want to stay in the action, you should check out a private apartment in the centre of Cowes to be near the festivities. However, as there are many more options on the accommodation front all over the island we have an alternative option for those who prefer to find a place to rest away from the action. The Hambrough, Ventnor provides a cosy atmosphere, locally sourced restaurant and panoramic views out to sea, in the south-east of the island, all within a 40 minute drive of Cowes.