Red Funnel announce new summer excursions

02-07-2012 See fantastic sailing events on the Solent with a Red Funnel excursion.

The Solent is packed with sailing events this summer and the best way to be in the midst of the action is to view them from the water on one of Red Funnel’s special excursions. From exciting Superyacht racing to a visit from The Queen and the finish of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, there’s something for everyone.

22 July - End of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
The special Red Funnel Red Jet excursion to view the end of the 2011/2012 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Southampton will meet and follow the flotilla parade up Southampton Water to Ocean Village which will be hosting a day of free celebrations, including live music and an air display to mark the extraordinary achievement and epic challenge. Excursions will depart from Southampton at 10:30 and from West Cowes at 11:00.

25 July – Queen’s visit to Cowes, Parade of Sail and start of the Superyacht cup Race.
Take to the water in a Red Jet to witness Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip arriving on the Isle of Wight on the superyacht Leander and enjoy a fantastic view of the world’s finest large sailing yachts taking part in her Parade of Sail before watching the start of the Superyacht Cup race off the Royal Yacht Squadron Line. Tickets include a glass of Bucks Fizz and the excursion departs from Southampton at 09:00.

17 August – Cowes Week Fireworks Cruise
Red Funnel is bringing back the popular Cowes Week Firework Cruise for 2012, so why not enjoy an unparalleled view of the spectacular display from on board? As well as amazing views of the spectacle from Cowes Harbour, there will be a party atmosphere to enjoy onboard, with entertainment for all the family and a free glass of wine upon embarking.
The fireworks spectacular is traditionally held on the last Friday of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and serves as a finale to the world’s largest sailing regatta which has been running since 1826 and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events.  Offering a great mix of competitive sailing, parties and live entertainment AAM Cowes Week is renowned for its unique atmosphere, which attracts around 100,000 spectators every year.
Departing from Southampton at 20:15 and cruising to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Red Funnel’s fireworks excursion will pick up remaining guests in East Cowes at 21:15 and proceed to the mouth of Cowes Harbour for an unparalleled view of the 21:30 fireworks display. The cruise is just £20 per person and there is car parking available on the main decks of the ferry.

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