Welcome Aboard! What started out as sports for the rich has eventually been enjoyed by a number of modest people today.

It is the world’s oldest-established regatta since 1826, held at the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The regatta began when George IV expressed his interest in yachting in 1820. Making his interest happen, the first race was given life in August 1826 which was held under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club. Other people have also seen their interest in sailing including the amateur gentlemen.

After decades, the image being a rich man’s sport had turned into a sport for everyone making it one of the most participated event in England.

Today, over 1,000 boats and 8,000 competitors join in the grandest regatta in the world. Taking the pressure up is approximately a hundred-thousand (100,000) spectators who enjoy watching the fantastic line-up of the shore competition.

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Congratulations to Ian Morgan sailing on Incognito in the Squib class who won the Super Early Bird Prize Draw 2018. Ian commented on his win "On a dull dark, wet horrible January day to be told I have won is great. I am chuffed to bits and it's a good omen for Lendy Cowes Week. I sail at Cowes because I love the smell of the sea, the excitement of racing, the fantastic array of different classes of boat and where else at my age could I get such an adrenaline rush when we overtake other boats? The whole atmosphere at Cowes is very special and this year is the 50th Anniversary since the first Squib was built and that original boat number 11 is competing along with the best Squib sailors in the country in the National Championships. We even have a helm flying in from Australia to compete with 75 squibs already registered to race, it's very exciting and will make the starts a spectacle and very challenging, can't wait!" Congratulations Ian, we hope you enjoy your prizes and have a great week sailing at Lendy Cowes Week 2018. #lendycowesweek #superearlybird #winner #squib

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Cowes week is traditionally held on the first week of August which runs for 6 to 7 days. There are still various activities that you can join to if you are not a sailor.

There’s a firework display that typically happens on a Friday night of the Cowes week. There are also different games that you could try on land. There are live music, food stalls, and other shops, and if you’re lucky enough this year, a big wheel and gin festival has been running in recent years.

The event is entitled after the name of its sponsor whereas from 2011 to 2016, the event was named “Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.” And for the following years (2017 to 2019), the event will take the name of its new sponsor, Lendy.

Photo Credit: Lendy Cowes Week