SailGP Yacht Racing
What is SailGP?
SailGP is a yacht racing league using foiling catamarans. Professional racing teams compete against each other at different locations around the world. This year is the inaugural year and 8 teams are competing in Sydney Australia, San Francisco USA, New York USA, Cowes UK and Marseille France.
Cowes Week 2014
Cowes Week 2014, which takes place August 2 to August 9, promises to be spectacular, with many exciting events planned. The event kicks off on Saturday with a performance by The Blades Aerobatic Display Team, and throughout the day there is a variety of musical entertainment, as well as endless options for food and drink. Sunday is Family Day, with a choice of kids’ activities, including flag making and face painting, just to name a few. In the evening enjoy a screening of The Goonies at the outdoor cinema. Special family tickets are available. An unusual on-going event this year is the Boss Up a Mast fundraiser, where you can nominate your boss to be harnessed atop a mast, until a certain amount of money is raised for the event’s charity, UKSA. Thursday is Ladies’ Day, celebrating the participation and success of women in sailing, and sports in general. A ladies’ lunch will be held, as well as the presentation of prizes to female sailors throughout the day. In the evening, the Ladies’ Trophy will be presented at a VIP drinks reception. Exhibition racing commences, and the event concludes Friday with a performance by the RAF Red Arrows. Of course, the grand finale is the fireworks display, which has been a tradition since the very early days.
Cowes Week is the longest-running regatta in the world, held annually on the Solent, a strait which separates mainland England from the Isle of Wight. Started in 1826, it now involves up to 1000 competitors participating in some 40 different races. Anyone, from Olympic champions to first-time sailors is welcome to participate, which is sure to provide plenty of entertainment for spectators
There are plenty of great spots to view the action on the water, but there are lots of other possibilities onshore as well. Stroll through the town and explore galleries and boutiques; or take a break in one of the many pubs and restaurants and just soak up the atmosphere.
On the Water
If you want to be closer to the action, there a number of options, from family-friendly spectator boats to luxury charters, with food and drink provided.
Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time spectator, Cowes Week 2014 is sure to leave with memories to last a lifetime, or at least until next year’s event!
Images of Cowes Week 2013
Images of Cowes Week 2013 – I was lucky enough to get across to Cowes and take some images of Cowes Week 2013.
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Cowes Week 2013 – Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013 runs from 3rd August until 10th August.
Every 3 years an organisation is chosen to be the official Cowes week charity. For the last 3 years, Aberdeen Asset Management has been supporting Toe in the Water. This is a tri-services initiative which uses competitive sailing to re-inspire service personnel who have been injured during service. The idea is to help the servicemen and women see beyond their injuries, and perform to their limits regardless of their physical condition.
Commenting on the charity’s tenure as an official charity, Tanya Brookfield, Co-founder of the charity, said: “Toe in the Water is hugely proud to be competing again at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013 and are sad that this will be our third and final year as the official charity partner of the regatta. The support we receive from the sailing community has been pivotal to our success in re-inspiring so many wounded and profoundly injured servicemen and women and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
This year will be Toe in the Waters final year as official Cowes Week charity. They have some exciting plans in place for its final year as an official charity and would like competitors and visitors alike to support them by buying a ticket for the Toe in the Water crew party. The crew party will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven on Saturday 3rd August. Tickets are available now via Toe in the Water or from Cowes Yacht Haven at a cost of just £5 – all proceeds will go directly to the charity.
Cowes Week Limited like to appoint an official charity in order that fundraising activity during the event can be conducted in a focused way. Over time experience and feedback has shown that having a single charity with clear objectives associated with the event is the best way of channelling charitable activity during Cowes Week. If you are a charity or know one that would be interested in becoming involved, please register your interest with Michelle Warner: email@example.com. The formal process and the next step will then be shared with all the interested parties from the end of August.
For more information about Cowes Week see our related article Cowes Week Sailing Regatta
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