Date published: Sunday 8 July 2012
Cowes week plays a major part in the British summer sailing calendar and is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. It holds up to 40 races per day, for around 1,000 boats with sailors of every standard from novice to World Champions. It is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. The event is held on the Solent, in between the south of England and the Isle of Wight.
As well as the sailing activities, the week includes lots of onshore events including live music. Marquees are spread along the promenade, and in Cowes marina, serving all sorts of exotic food and drink. The finale is a huge firework display on the final Friday evening, weather permitting.
Each year, around 100,000 visitors are attracted to Cowes by the unique festival atmosphere of the event. Getting to Cowes from Brockenhurst is part of the fun, and if you did not want to drive to Southampton to pick up the Red Jet to Cowes, why not jump on the train at Brockenhurst (direct line to Southampton) and that way you can enjoy a glass of champagne (or three) when you get to the Island!
It is also possible to see some of the racing from the mainland on beaches such as Lepe which is only 20 minutes away from our Hotel!