Cowes Week is one of the U.K’s longest running and most successful sporting events and has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the 2 world wars. Traditionally Cowes Week takes place after Glorious Goodwood and before the glorious twelfth ( the first day of grouse shooting).
Occasionally these dates are changed to ensure optimum racing, taking the tides into account, or as is happening this year – to avoid clashing with the Olympic Games.
The regatta has evolved enormously since 1826, and now with up to forty different handicaps one-design and multihull classes race every day for eight days. It is this complete mixture of classic and ultra-modern designs that gives the regatta its uniqueness. Around 8,500 competitors participate, ranging from Olympic and world class yachtsmen to weekend sailors. The spectacle that the racing provides, together with the vibrant festival atmosphere attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the event.
Beginning tomorrow, a lot of the Ancasta team will be taking part in the sailing and we know we’ll be meeting up with a lot of our customers as well… both sailing and socially!
With approximately 1000 keel boats taking part, we are thrilled to note that both Beneteau and McConaghy are extremely well represented throughout.
We’d like to wish all those taking part in the racing a very successful week and a most enjoyable time to those who simply enjoy soaking up the brilliant atmosphere of this historic and world famous sailing regatta.