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News - 20/02/17

Cowes Week 2017 at Shepards

Cowes At ShepardsCowes Harbour Commission (CHC) announces the appointment of JHAV Ltd as the new event partner for Shepards Wharf Marina, an affiliate shoreside venue at Cowes Week. 

Cowes Harbour Commission has today (Monday, 20th February) welcomed JHAV Ltd as the new event partner for Shepards Wharf Marina, one of four affiliate shoreside venues for the annual Cowes Week regatta. 

This year, Shepards Wharf Marina has rebranded as ‘Cowes at Shepards’ and event partner JHAV aims to develop and enhance the venue’s reputation as the yachtsman’s après-racing location of choice during the eight-day regatta. 

Jock Rafferty, Manager at Shepards Wharf Marina said: “Central to our Cowes Week offer is ensuring that we focus on regatta competitors and marina customers in the provision of all our shoreside activities, and that ‘Cowes at Shepards’ successfully complements the overall Cowes Week event.”

Premiere audio-visual and event specialists JHAV are keen to create the ideal Cowes Week venue where sailors and spectators can socialise after a day on the water – either in the Yard Bar – or at the new waterfront Pier Bar, taking in the spectacular views of the Solent whilst enjoying delicious food and a great selection of beers and cocktails.

John Hibdige, JHAV Production Manager said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside the Shepards team, Cowes Week Ltd and local businesses to deliver the new ‘Cowes at Shepards’ regatta village. Shepards Wharf Marina is in a fantastic location and we are looking forward to introducing the new Pier Bar, plus a wide range of daytime and evening activities and entertainment to give a really vibrant shoreside venue.”

Watch out for further exciting announcements in the coming months on the Cowes Week at Shepards website: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/cowes_week_at_shepards and ‘Like’ Shepards on Facebook for up-to-the-minute Cowes Week entertainment news: facebook.com/ShepardsWharfMarina/.

Cowes at Shepards
Shepards Wharf Marina is an affiliate Cowes Week venue and the day racing yachtsman’s shoreside location of choice during the eight-day regatta. Located just 200 metres from the town centre, Shepards is a highly popular marina, where competitors and spectators, friends and families all contribute to the unique welcoming Cowes Week atmosphere. This year, the marina has rebranded as ‘Cowes at Shepards’ with a range of exciting new opportunities and activities taking place.
Shepards makes the ideal Cowes Week venue where sailors and spectators can socialise in a smaller, more intimate, “up-market” and “club type” environment. Shepards has become renowned as the place to go for après racing drinks, relaxation, and entertainment with live music, delicious food and a fantastic selection of beers and cocktails. 
Evening attractions at Shepards have included a variety of Cowes Week regatta parties, which have always been extremely popular and well attended by yachtsmen from all Cowes Week venues, bringing a strong crew atmosphere to the festivities. Shepards excels at hosting these types of events.
The Marina Yard is the main focal area for the Shepards shoreside activities. Featuring the main outdoor bar and seating area along with food traders and merchandise stands, the Marina Yard is a great place for spectators and crews to enjoy their shoreside time. With a mix of live music on the stage and other entertainment taking place from the afternoon into the evening. 
The Sugar Store at Shepards enjoys a prime waterside setting opening out onto a decking area overlooking the Solent. Widely known as the number one late-night location during Cowes Week, The Sugar Store hosts a variety of regatta parties and late night entertainment. In addition, and new for 2017, The Sugar Store will also be open during the day as an indoor café and hospitality space.
The Pier at Shepards enjoys a prominent seafront location, and offers an exclusive setting right on the water’s edge with stunning views over Cowes Harbour and the Solent. The Pier will feature its own VIP marquee, viewing platform and hospitality space. An amazing location to enjoy après race drinks into the evening and entertain guests.
Hospitality opportunities: Would you like to entertain clients and friends in the Pier Bar? Or host a regatta party? Would you like your brand to be a key sponsor of ‘Cowes at Shepards’? Then get in touch with the Shepards team on 01983 297821 to discuss how we can tailor opportunities to suit your needs and requirements. 
JHAV are the South West’s premiere audio-visual and event specialists who work locally, nationally and internationally on a wide variety of projects from conferences and awards ceremonies through to exhibitions, product launches, live events and festivals.