image of Magenta Edwards the-news.co's culture and arts editor against a backdrop of the starting line at the RYS Cowes
Magenta Edwards the-news.co's culture and arts editor against a backdrop of the starting line at the RYS Cowes

Cowes Week 2018

Lendy Cowes Week 2018 got off to a fabulous start on Saturday 4th August despite sweltering temperatures and light airs.

 

Yachts rounding a mark near Beaulieu River entrance in the Solent
Yachts rounding a mark near Beaulieu River entrance in the Solent

Cowes Week owes its origins to the Royal Yacht Squadron which was originally founded in 1815. 

From its headquarters at the Castle, with magnificent views sweeping across the Solent, yacht racing has been organised here ever since 1826.

And by 1840 non-RYS yachts were welcomed to compete giving rise to the modern regatta of today.

 

 

Yacht Trudi approaching a mark readies for a spinnaker gybe
Yacht Trudi approaching a mark readies for its spinnaker launch

 

Today, 4th August, the first day of Cowes Week 2018 saw the J 90’s class start first with 36 entries and was won by John & Kate Greenland in JDog.

 

Yachts were able to fill their spinnakers despite the light airs
Yachts were able to fill their spinnakers despite the light airs

 

Cowes Week 2018 Yachts have to keep a look out for large ships
Cowes Week 2018 Yachts have to keep a look out for large ships

 

In light airs ships can be a challenge for competitors during Cowes Week 2018
In light airs ships can be a challenge for competitors during Cowes Week 2018

 

Yacht crews keep a careful lookout
Yacht crews keep a careful lookout

Other starts included the Etchells and the XODs, and the biggest class, the Squibs has 100 yachts competing.

 

We can all get to Cowes by the fast Red Jet ferry which runs an extended service during Cowes Week 2018
We can all get to Cowes by the fast Red Jet ferry which runs an extended service during Cowes Week 2018

 

Ashore there is a massive range of activities to choose from with plenty to do and see for the non sailing members of the family ranging from the ticket invitation only events, like the Squadron Ball to eat in your fingers fish and chips.

The weather forecast is for hot sunshine with perhaps a bit more wind later in the week.

It’s important to remember to take plenty of water with you whether you are out on the water or visiting Isle of Wight sights onshore such as Osborne House or taking the bus to Newport which has the nearest branch of Primark.

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