Cowes, Isle of Wight
The little sailing town of Cowes became the world’s first yachting centre in 1815 and is justly famous as the birthplace of world yacht racing. Its position on the Solent is unrivalled. The vibrant and exciting high street has plenty to explore with shops and restaurants as well as sailing and cultural events throughout the year.
The Solent is a broad stretch of sheltered water between the Isle of Wight and England’s mainland. The Solent is a major shipping passage for freight, passenger and military vessels. It’s also a recreational hub for water sports, particularly yachting. The complicated tidal regime offers challenging navigation and pilotage exercises to all who sail here.
Six yacht clubs are based at Cowes, the most famous being the world’s oldest: the Royal Yacht Squadron. All six clubs join forces to host the Cowes Week Regatta each August.
Cowes Week is one of the most exciting events available to the non-professional sailor. With Flying Fish, you can stay at the centre of the action and enjoy the excitement both on and off the water.
The Isle of Wight
The Island has many visitor attractions and places of interest, including Queen Victoria’s country home at Osborne House.
The West of the Isle of Wight is officially classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.