Cowes Week sailing regatta travel guide - Telegraph: Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week (Aug 8-15, 2015) is the season’s most laid-back event, with sails billowing gloriously on the Solent. This sailing regatta takes place over a week in the demanding five-mile-wide channel between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England. The partying happens afloat and on shore....
"With just a few days to go until the start of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the festival spirit on the Isle of Wight is starting to build... although it is not quite at the ‘standing room only’ stage in the High Street bars, there are definite signs that the show is about to commence... a 50-strong international fleet from 18 different countries. Netherlands has the biggest international team and includes regulars such as Piet Vroon’s Ker 51 Custom – Tonnerre 4, and Harry J Heijst’s pretty S&S 41 – Winsome. [Present also are] Team Legacy from Trinidad and Tobago whose team, led by Reginald Williams, sailed their Soverel 43 across the Atlantic to compete. Three state-of the-art Maxi 72s (Jethou, Momo and Bella Mente), and the VO70 – Solent Events Monster – will keep the competition exciting in the IRC Big Boat racing class, while at the other end of the scale, the vintage Seaview Mermaids will fight it out. Having been competing at Cowes Week since 1907, the Mermaid class is the oldest class at the regatta and, with 14 boats entered, racing is expected to be extremely competitive..." Read more at: Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - News
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