August events: See the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Cowes, Isle of Wight

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Dating back to 1826, Cowes Week is one of the longest running sporting events in the UK and today it draws world and Olympic champion sailors who compete amongst amateurs and beginners. The atmosphere in the town of Cowes is turned into that of a festival every summer, as more than 100,000 spectators flock to watch the sailing events.

During the event, the Solent is truly spectacular with hundreds of boats of all varieties sailing side by side. The week is completely free to attend, and many of the events can be enjoyed from the shores along Cowes beach and parade.

Celebrities and sports personalities are regular sights at the event, so there is always a chance of rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous at any of the bars and pubs in Cowes after racing.

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Sailing at Cowes Week, Isle of WightSailing at Cowes Week © Chris Boynton

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