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News - 25/07/17

Lendy Cowes Week preview

Regatta organisers Cowes Week Ltd have recently welcomed Lendy – The Property Platform, on board as title sponsor as the next phase of the regatta begins and the event continues to evolve as ‘Lendy Cowes Week‘. 

For regular competitors, those returning to the regatta after a break, or first timers, the week is set to deliver its usual mix of spectacular racing, together with the vibrant festival atmosphere that continues to attract over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the event. 

Hundreds of yachts traversing the Solent on a myriad of courses is an impressive sight – and it is the regatta’s complete mixture of classic and ultra-modern designs that gives the event its uniqueness. Lendy Cowes Week competitors can find all the race documents on the event website, including this year’s Safety Booklet.

Head to the shoreside entertainment schedule for a daily guide to what’s on at all the Lendy Cowes Week venues, and view the 2017 shoreside highlights to come. There will be some fantastic displays with the Red Arrows performing at 1930 on Friday, 4th August ahead of the iconic finale to the regatta – the Lendy Cowes Week Fireworks at 2130. You can also pick up a copy of the Official Programme around town for handy what’s on listings, what’s new at this year’s regatta, a guide to the racing fleets and trophies awarded and much more.

Lendy Cowes Week tides
Find out how to making best use of Solent tides during the event, and view the tide tables for Lendy Cowes Week.

Navigation information
See Local Notices to Mariners No. 20(T) of 2017 Lendy Cowes Week Regatta and No. 21(T) of 2017 Cowes Week Regatta Fireworks Display.

Launch service and water taxis
The regatta provides a free launch service for competitors from the Island Sailing Club to and from the swinging moorings. In addition, commercial water taxis operate within Cowes Harbour and the River Medina and run from Town Quay.

Local information
See the digital Cowes Harbour Handbook for a comprehensive guide to the harbour, the River Medina, Cowes and East Cowes, or pick up a print copy from the Harbour Office.

Competitor registration
The Regatta Centre will be open for registration from 1400-1800 on Thursday, 27th July, 0900-2200 on Friday, 28th July and 0800-2000 for the rest of the week.

Skippers’ briefing
Regatta Director Phil Hagen will give a Skippers’ Briefing on the evening of Friday, 28th July at the Events Centre, Cowes Yacht Haven. The White Group briefing is at 1830 followed by Black Group at 1930.

Yachts & Yachting Cowes Week Digi Mag
Register here for your free Lendy Cowes Week 2017 digital Guide, including: record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari looks forward to an enjoyable week, Rupert Holmes checks out some of the highlights due for 2017, there is a preview of the new Triple Crown competition set to attract some of the biggest boats, plus winning tips from Toby Heppell on getting to grips with the unique challenges of racing on the Solent.

Cowes Radio
The news is out! Matt Sheahan takes over from Dick Johnson’s 31-year role as on-water commentator for Cowes Radio this year. Sunset+Vine’s Head of Performance Sailing and the producer of the World Sailing Show will join Cowes Radio’s anchor man Simon Vigar to report live on the action afloat from the famous blue RIB throughout Lendy Cowes Week. Matt is very familiar with the blue RIB, he has been the on-water commentator for Sail for Gold Radio at Weymouth over many years.

For the latest Lendy Cowes Week news and information, visit the event website.

Top photo: Cowes Week racing – credit Paul Wyeth.