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Isle of Wight home to 'world-renowned' regatta

Thu 14 Apr 2011

Isle of Wight home to 'world-renowned' regatta

People organising their Isle of Wight holidays for this year may want to make the getaway coincide with Cowes Week, as the event has been labelled one of the world's premier sailing regattas.

The List reports that the gathering - which takes place between August 6th and 13th and dates back to 1826 - is highly regarded in the yachting community.

It noted around 1,000 vessels take part in the spectacle, which includes 8,000 competitors and 40 races every day.

Approximately 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on Cowes during the week, where non-sailing activities - such as street entertainment and free live music - will also be on-hand.

The website added: "With races for a whole range of boats and abilities, you will see enthusiastic amateurs racing on the same day as some of the world's best sailors."

It was recently revealed that another Isle of Wight waterfront show, the Ribex 2011, is to feature some brand new products this year - including the Piranha 7.3m.

Posted by Adam Pearson
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