Cowes Week 2016: Preview
The time has come. Nearly a year to the day from my first experience on a sailing yacht; I am heading back to the Isle of Wight and Cowes Week to participate in the largest sailing regatta in the world. And race in it with my crew at HH.
Now, that first experience didn’t exactly fill me with confidence – it turns out the Cowes Week parties are nearly as good as the sailing. I had about 2 hours sleep and was incredibly hungover – ended up throwing up aboard and having to travel 6 hours on a train soaked through to the skin due to major rain in the afternoon! So 2016 I have a few rules. Firstly, no drinking, and secondly make sure you have clothes to cover every possible weather! This is England after all..
A little bit on Cowes. Something I had not experienced before last year, it is honestly ace. And a great family day out whether you are into sailing or not. As mentioned it is the biggest sailing regatta in the world and:
- First took place in 1826
- Cowes Week lasts for eight days
- Between 800 and 1000 different boats take part in over 40 different categories of class
- Over 8000 sailors will sail on the Solent during Cowes week
You don’t have to be a sailor to appreciate Cowes Week though. As mentioned there is bags to do and the events takes over the whole of Cowes and surrounding areas. There are stalls, pop-up bars, live music every day, sailing commentary, day trips, free sailing tips and a fireworks show to finish everything off.
2016 had gone well from a sailing point of view. I would have probably liked to have had more hours under my belt with the team and just one days competitive sailing doesn’t really seem like that many. However, having passed my RYA course and managed to get experience across a number of different waters and conditions I am pretty happy.
I have managed to spend some time in dinghies over in Barbados, spent some time on the beautiful Norfolk Broads, completed my RYA Course and managed a few little competitive races in the Solent which I hope will prove invaluable.
You can catch me and my fellow team members (Stephanie @ Eat Sleep Chic, Sharon @ SportsWoman.ie, Faya @ Fitness on Toast) along with our professionals Team Concise at Cowes Week on Friday 12th August. Look out for the red flag and white HH of Helly Hansen! Good luck us!