Archived News Release 22-08-2006
Red Funnel reports record numbers travel to Skandia Cowes Week
Red Funnel, the original Isle of Wight ferry company, has reported record passenger numbers to this years Skandia Cowes Week. The event is the biggest regatta of its kind in the world, and is a must-see event in the summer social calendar, and took place between 29 July and 5 August.
Red Funnel saw the biggest traffic increase in cars travelling on its Southampton to East Cowes route, which was up 9% compared to Cowes Week 2005. Passenger numbers on the Hi-Speed Red Jet service from Southampton and West Cowes were up 8%. Other increases include a rise of 5% in foot passenger numbers on the vehicle ferry service and a 5% rise in commercial traffic.
Tom Docherty, Managing Director Red Funnel, comments, “We are delighted to report such a positive performance for this years Skandia Cowes Week. Although there were a record number of entries and some great racing, there was a noticeable increase in the number of spectators who clearly enjoyed the unique atmosphere and entertainment. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future to discover what else the Isle of Wight has to offer, particularly out of season.”
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