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Cowes Week 2013

August 9, 2013 1:52 pm Published by

This year the action at Cowes Week so far has been electric. Being one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world with 40 daily races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. Having started in 1826, the event is held in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 

Cowes Week is held at the beginning of August, set after the very Glorious Goodwood in the social calendar. The event could not be set in a more idyllic location- held in the busy commercial waterway, The Solent, filled with boats of all classes and particularly colourful due to the spinnakers (the large rounded sail hoisted at the front of a yacht when running downwind).

Highlights so far at Asset Management Cowes week was Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas winning the prestigious Ladies Day Trophy.  The spirit of the event takes over the Isle of Wight and has over 10,000 spectators turning out in force to support the sailors. 

Coming up over the weekend as well as the various nail biting white and black boat races are various on- shore events, include a performance from The Red Arrows tonight, who will take to the skies for a spectacular fireworks display.

Some of the FTT team are there today to get in the summer spirit of sailing. FTT help sailors and those purchasing boats transfer money all over the world to ensure they have the right funds in the right port, just when they need it. 

 

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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