Cowes Week this year is celebrated 29th July – 5th August and is held on the Solent (water between Isle of Wight and Southern England). It is attended by Thousands of people, with over 40 races a day and up to 1000 boats! It is by far the largest sailing regatta in the world!
Cowes Week began in 1826 when the Royal Yacht Club organised yacht races for a Gold Cup with a value of £100! In the first race, there were 7 entrants (all paying a £2 fee to enter!) and the winner was ‘Arrow’ and Joseph Weld Esq. Estimated crowds of 3 thousand + watched on! There was also a regatta ball afterwards on the Thursday and a RYC dinner on the Friday. Cowes Week is known for its fireworks on the last day (the Friday) and even this started in 1826!
In 2004, Cowes combine clubs moved into a purpose-built Regatta Centre which was opened by HRH Prince Philip. Around 8,000 competitors now participate, including Olympic athletes, world class yachtsmen and even weekend sailors! There is more than just racing however and the festival atmosphere attracts over 100,000 people! The population of the Isle of Wight is around 150,000 people to put the magnitude of Cowes Week into perspective!
Of course, we think the Breton Shirt is perfect for Cowes Week if you’re visiting. We’d recommend any of our traditional 21 stripe shirts for the quintessential look! One thing about British weather is that it is predictably unpredictable and you may need something a little warmer. Check out our Submariner Breton Shirt. Robust and made from bullet proof 300gsm cotton. It won’t disintegrate just as its starting to feel good.