COWES Week is the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the world and an iconic fixture on the British sporting calendar.
Here’s the lowdown on this exciting event and how get your tickets.
When is Cowes Week 2018?
Cowes Week is traditionally held during the week beginning on the first Saturday after the last Tuesday in July.
This year, the event begins on Saturday August 4, 2018 and runs until Saturday August 11, 2018.
The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and fun for the 8,000 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators.
Attendees can enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night and can watch the sailing action from the shore or opt to get out on the water aboard a spectator boat.
Cowes Week has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars.
When will the fireworks take place?
The famous fireworks display takes place on the final Friday of the event.
Prior to the fireworks, the Red Arrows take to the air in a spectacular display of airmanship, with jets passing overhead at 250 miles per hour.
The Red Arrows display takes place at 7.30pm on the Friday, and is followed by the Lendy Cowes Week Fireworks Display at 9.30pm.
The display takes place off the Parade and lasts around 20 minutes.
The best viewing is from the Parade, the Esplanade and East Cowes.
How can you get tickets?
Spectators are able to watch events unfolding from the shoreline for free.
However for those wanting to get a little closer to the action, spectator boats can be hired for hour-long trips departing at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm from Trinity Landing on Cowes Parade.
Each trip is roughly an hour long and costs £12.50 for adults and £8 for children.
Bookings can be made at the Regatta Centre on the Parade.
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Where is Cowes?
Cowes is a seaport town and civil parish on the Isle of Wight.
It is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank.
The two towns are linked by the Cowes Floating Bridge – a chain ferry that is guided across a large body of water by cables connected to both shores.
Cowes has been seen as a home for international yacht racing since the founding of the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1815.
Cowes is also the place where the first hovercraft was tested.
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