Cowes Week is an iconic British sporting event and one of the longest running and best-known sailing regattas in the world.
How many boats take part?
Between 800 and 1,000 boats
Is it just for professionals?
And how many people?
Up to 8,000 sailors race every day, plus there are over 100,000 visitors who come to Cowes to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and experience the unique atmosphere which makes Cowes Week so special.
What type of racing is it?
The sheltered waters and unusual tidal conditions of the Solent make for some interesting and challenging sailing for competitors. The majority of classes start and finish on the Royal Yacht Squadron line and sail varied ’round-the-cans’ courses designed to suit the style of boat and prevailing wind and tide conditions on each day. A number of classes also sail courses from a committee boat start on certain days – a feature which is becoming increasingly popular. Certainly, with up to 1000 boats sailing some 30 different courses in one of the busiest commercial stretches of water in the world, the racing Cowes Week is never dull!
So what else happens other than the racing?
Cowes provides excellent shore-side facilities for both sailors and visitors, with plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Cowes Parade, Cowes Yacht Haven, East Cowes Marina and Shephards Wharf Marina also provide entertainment, food and bars as well as berthing (but book early!). There’s a lively social programme ranging from the renowned Yacht Club Balls to an excellent line-up of live bands performing across the various bar areas; there’s also a superb choice of cuisine available to suit every palate. The atmosphere on shore is carnival-like with plenty of open-air activities and street entertainment.
Why Lagoon Watersports?
We have plenty of experience in racing and have competed regularly in Cowes, Round the Island Race and the Fastnet. We also offer quality instruction with our experienced and professional RYA instructors. We will provide a competitive, calm and fun boat ensuring everyone is learning as much as possible. We have several options for individuals or corporates and groups.
Choose from a couple of days a full week or chartering the a whole boat.
Book Your Session
We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.
Finding Brighton Boating once you are in Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.
To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.
On our yacht courses we use either our Beneteau 36.7 or Beneteau First 35, these are cruiser/racers with great performance – perfect for learning and RYA courses. They are commercially coded with safety equipment to the highest standard.
We also offer sailing courses in our smaller Delphia 24 keelboats, These 8 metre performance boats are used for racing and day sailing, very responsive boats for our RYA sailing courses.
If you would like more practice after your yacht courses or RYA Sailing Level 2 we offer:
- Sailing Clinics – at weekends from 1600 till 1800 for £40
- Racing – is a great way to practice too, we have boats entered in popular races like Round Island Race, Royal Escape or even mini races on our clinic nights
Lagoon Watersports Limited Terms and Conditions, trading as Brighton Boating
Rescheduling your dates
- More than 4 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit or 25% of course/event fee
- Less than 4 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event
Group changes in numbers
Cancellation by Lagoon Watersports
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