Cowes Week has been part of the British sporting summer calendar since 1826 and is by some margin, the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world with 1,000 boats and 8,500 sailors competing for class honours - it’s quite a spectacle to behold! This event takes place between 31 July - 7 August 2021.
Cowes Week is a fusion of many elements, offering an unrivalled mix of competitive sailing and shore-side partying and entertainment to suit all ages. The competitors include Olympic and world-class professionals through to complete novices seeking the thrill and excitement of competitive sailing for the first time.
How to take part in the Sailing
If you have not already signed up, then click here to get involved!
For those not competing Cowes week has a lot of opportunities for all of the family to get involved. Here are a few highlights that you can expect to see at Cowes Week this year:
- RIB rides - get as close to the action as you can without actually taking part in the race.
- Live music and hospitality across a variety of venues: Cowes Yacht Haven, Shepards Marina, Northwood House and Cowes Parade Village.
- Land Rover Experience
- Ladies Day
- On the water training for children
- Face Painting
- Exploring Cowes
- Much, much more...
Aged 16-24 and taking part in Youth Sailing over Cowes Week? Then please visit our page here for travel discount.
View the Cowes Week Quayconnect timetables here
Travelling to Cowes Week couldn't be easier from anywhere in the UK or abroad.
Our Red Jet Hi-Speed service operates between Southampton and West Cowes (the heart of the regatta) with sailings from early morning until late at night. The crossing takes just 23-25 minutes, with departures every 20 minutes at peak times.
Getting to Southampton is a doddle with excellent train and coach links to/from London (1hr:20m), Birmingham, Reading, Cardiff, Bristol, Salisbury, Weymouth, Bournemouth and Brighton. The city has its own airport with regular flights to most UK cities in the north and many European capitals. If arriving at London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports, National Express operate scheduled coach services to Southampton. For Red Funnel customers a FREE bus service called Quayconnect operates between Southampton Central and the ferry terminals at Town Quay.
The city is also easy to reach by road via the M3, A34 and M27, there is plenty of long-stay car parking near the ferry terminals.