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Cowes Week - Friday 9th August 2013

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Cowes Week - Isle of Wight - Friday 9th August 2013

Fancy starting your weekend early, giving yourself a mini-break and coming to this well-renowned event? Come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.

Cowes Week starts on 3rd August 2013 and finishes on 10th August 2013. It is proposed this meet-up event take place on Friday 9th August 2013 which is the only day when the day of racing is rounded up with a spectacular fireworks event. So it will mean a day off work which I know may not suit everybody but great to give yourself something to look forward to.

Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

If you are interested in watching the racing, or simply want to be involved in the festival atmosphere of the event, there are loads of things to see and do.

http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=cw13&ui=cw1&style=std&override=§ion=regatta&page=cwl

One of the best locations to watch the starts ashore each morning is undoubtedly 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 Cowes Week fleet as they finish.

To keep the price of this event to a minimum, I suggest booking budget hotel in Southampton near to the Quay for the night of 9th August 2013 and driving down on the Friday and checking in about mid-morning/lunchtime. Some hotels offer rooms for as little as £39 per night for a double room. I have provisionally booked one such room at the Ibis Budget Hotel Southampton Centre 3 West Quay Road | Western Esplanade, Southampton SO15 1RA, England (+44) 238 022 7705

There is a slow ferry across to the Cowes on the Isle of Wight or a preferred faster Sea Cat service with sailings every 30 minutes at peak times including Saturdays and every 60 under 25 minutes at speeds up to 40 knots! See attached link for fares. A friend who did this last year thought it was in the region of £39.00 return, but fares appear cheaper in the attached web link http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/ferry-travel/red-jet-hi-speed-service/fares-and-offers/

The ferries are very regular. We don’t need to get there too early otherwise it will be a really long day. They do a late return in the region of 1.00 am which I think is especially laid on for this event. Times to be checked and confirmed. So plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic fireworks lighting up the 1,000 or so boats at 9.20 pm, some drinks and partying before catching the Sea Cat back to Southampton back to the accommodation.

No tickets are required for the event once at Cowes, just spending money for drinks and souvenirs etc.

Just testing the waters for interest for this event. Clearly the event won’t go ahead if there are not enough takers. The other tricky bit is ordering good weather for the event, so start doing your sun dance now!!!!!! 

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