Cowes Week is the world’s longest running and most successful sailing event. Held in early August every year since 1826. There are between 800 and 1,000 participating yachts and around 8,000 competitors. This event attracts over 100 thousand visitors to Cowes.
Venue and race course: Solent
Cowes – a birthplace of world yacht racing
Cowes is where we are going to stay and train during whole week. It is a historic place where yacht racing in the UK started. It is also here that the first America’s Cup was held in 1851.
We will be sailing on the Solent. One is given the course instructions only 10 minutes prior to start of the race. This is a race round the cans and you can expect every point of sail from the start to the finish. You have to analyze all components of the weather system: wind, tide, current and local knowledge.
Schedule of race and training
Triaining weekend (Gdańsk)
10 May 10.00 am first training (Gdańsk)
10-12 May 3 days of intensive training
Cowes Week regatta
9 August 16.00 Embarkation (Cowes)
10 August First race
10 – 16 August 7 days of racing (one race every day)
16 august End of the regatta
17 August Disembarkation
We will enjoy 3 full days of training before the start of the race. We will be based in Gdańsk (Poland) and train in the Bay of Gdańsk..
We will practice all manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, hoisting and dropping all sails including the tricky art of spinnaker handling. After those 3 days we will know how to work together as a team and we will be able to move around safely onboard of a racing yacht.
We will introduce to you how to behave and act on this kind of yacht which is a racing yacht. We will have time to familiarise with the special expressions used on the boat. The first day is reserved to help you understand all safety rules and maneuver procedures.
On the second day we will continue with the practice of manouvers we may need during the race. We will repeat tacking and gybing several times. This day is to define on which position on boat you are going to be (e.g. mastman, trimmer).
On the third day is to decide upon final setup on board and teach you how to do the most advanced maonouvers on the racing yacht which involve spinnaker handling. We will practice hoists, drops, gybes and marks rounding. The last excercise we will do is a start procedure. Then we will have a rest in the afternoon and prepare for the start of the race which takes place on the next day.
All yachts in the race are grouped according to their IRC rating. It is a system of handicapping sailboats for the purpose of racing. Yachts are divided into 5 classes (IRC 0 – IRC 4), according to their LOA, sail area, weight, beam and draft. All equipment, sails etc. must be declared and rated before the race.
Our yacht is classified in IRC Class 1.
Programme of accompanying events
During whole week of sailing in the waters of Solent many events will be held on shore. Theses include big music & cuisine festival. Everyday you can spend evening at different concert venue or bar with other sailors.
The highlights are:
– Red Arrows display
– Outdoor Cinema
– Famous Cowes Week fireworks show
Whole programme of training and racing (10 days): € 2.970 EUR (£ 2.600)
Included in the price:
- training and racing programme as outlined above,
- all yacht / race costs,
- professional skipper and crew onboard,
- food aboard yacht whilst racing or training,
- personal accident insurance
- crew shirt & long-sleeve;
Not included in the price:
- travel to and from Cowes,
- accomodation and meals onshore,