Cowes Week: A ‘Best of’ Guide

Cowes Week: A ‘Best of’ Guide

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is here and this year the ‘Apres Sail’ is even better than ever with loads of bars, shops, live music, kids activities and fab food on offer, along with spectator boat trips to see the sailing action. Here’s a round up of what to look out for this Cowes Week.

Best new way to watch the action

New for 2012, pleasure flights are offered from as little as £35. Take in the beauty of the Island and the spectacular sight of 900 racing boats vying for position on the busy Solent waters.

Best Race to Watch from the Shore

Undoubtedly the best place to watch is in front of the start line at The Royal Yacht Squadron – if you can cope with the loud bangs of the start guns – and in the afternoon head down to Egypt Point to watch the fleet return home.

Best Race for Celeb Watching

The Artemis Challenge that is held on the Wednesday of Cowes Week (August 15th) always attracts a strong list of celebrity guests. Teams competing in the race in the past have included sports stars Zara Phillips, Amy Williams, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall and James Haskell, as well as other stars from the world of entertainment, including Ewan McGregor, Davina McCall, Bryan Adams and James and Oliver Phelps, the Weasley Twins from the Harry Potter movies. The race follows the classic America’s Cup route around the Isle of Wight, starting at 10am on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line.

Best Day for the Kids

Sunday 12th August is Family Day with a range of family-friendly activities and exclusive group offers .The special free events include a children’s flag making competition, remote controlled model boat racing, a village fete at Northwood House and discounts on sailing lessons, the spectator boat and Rock up and Rib. See the website for more details:

Best Way to see the Action from the Water

The spectator boat goes out on hour-long trips at 10.30am, 12pm and 1.30pm, departing from Trinity Landing on Cowes Parade. Or for an exhilarating ride onboard a high speed Rigid Inflatable Powerboat try ‘Rock up and RIB’ with Ondeck. This service will operate from Saturday 11 August through to Sat 18 August 2012. To charter your own RIB for the full week or a day, Solent Rib Charter have a range of Ribs available on a skippered or bareboat basis.

Best Places for Live Music

Cowes Yacht Haven has the largest live music venue, the Gill Stage, with live music every night that includes a host of very good local bands. Cowes Parade also has a stage and live music from midday every day until 10.30pm, The Anchor pub in the High Street has a comprehensive live music line up through the week and there will also be live music and magic in the High Street from around noon till 4pm.

Best Nightclub

Club Inferno down at Shepherds Wharf – open every night throughout Cowes week until 2am. Shepards Wharf Marina is also the home of the Toe in the Water Crew Bar and Beach.