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Isle of Wight to host classic yachts in Cowes Week

Fri 7 May 2010

Isle of Wight to host classic yachts in Cowes Week

The Isle of Wight is to play host to classic yachts later this summer as part of Cowes Week.

Sir Keith Mills, the principal of sailing group Team Origin, stated that four classic yachts will race each other during the event.

In another new event announced for the festivities, Britain will rekindle its rivalry with the US in a special re-run of the first ever America's Cup, with Team Origin taking on current champions BMW Oracle Racing.

Speaking to the Isle of Wight County Press, he said: "We want to show the world the America's Cup is back on track and where better to show that off than in Cowes Week, the biggest and most famous sailing regatta in the world."

Councillor Alan Wells, the mayor of Wells, added that the event will be a fantastic showpiece occasion for Cowes Week, which has been held every year on the Isle of Wight, apart from during wartime, since 1826.

This year's event takes place from July 31st to August 7th 2010. ADNFCR-3083-ID-19764924-ADNFCR

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