Sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, Cowes Week is not only a must for serious sailors, but also a chance for novices to get out onto the water: throughout the event Cowes Week charity UKSA will be running sailing taster sessions between 9.30am and 5.30pm for a £5 donation. Spectator boats and RIBs are also available for spectators who want to get as close as possible to the action.
Highlights of Cowes Week 2016 include:
Swallows and Amazons
The Swallows and Amazons film is in cinemas on 19th August, and to celebrate the boat ‘Swallow’ will be on Cowes Parade throughout the Week. Better yet, kids will be able to learn essential outdoor skills with the Sea Cadets, including knot tying, fire lighting and making a shelter – as well as sailing of course!
The Fast 40+ Class
Sleek, light and very fast, the Fast 40+ class is a must-watch series of races making its Cowes debut this year. The Fast 40+ boats, most famous of which is Sir Keith Mills’ Invictus, will have one race per day of about 3 hours, and race sailing the traditional Cowes Week type of course.
Family Day – Sunday 7th August
There’s lots to do on family fun day, but our favourite is the cardboard boat race, which is pretty much what it says on the tin. Watch from the RNLI slipway as brave sailors compete in their colourful, if not very watertight, boats.
Fireworks – Friday 12 August
The final Friday fireworks are a great tradition at Cowes, made possible by generous sponsorships from businesses, individuals and yacht clubs.
Cowes Week takes place from 6-13 August 2016. Visit www.aamcowesweek.co.uk/ for more details.