America’s Cup

The America’s Cup, is a match race held between two sailing yachts: one from the yacht club that currently holds the trophy (the defender) and the other from the yacht club that is challenging for the cup (the challenger).It is the oldest international competition still operating in any sport. .There is no fixed schedule, with matches held several years apart on dates agreed between the defender and the challenger. The most recent America’s Cup match took place in March 2021.

Round the Island Race

The Round the Island Race is an annual yacht race around the Isle of Wight. It starts and finishes in Cowes, and is organised by the Island Sailing Club. The course is about 50 nautical miles (93 km) long. It was first held in 1931. The race is generally chosen to be the Saturday in June with the most favourable tides; a date in late May or early July may be chosen if there is no suitable date in June.

Fastnet Race

The Fastnet Race is a biennial offshore yacht race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom with the assistance of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes and the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth. The race is named after the Fastnet Rock, which the race course rounds. It is currently sponsored by Rolex.

The race is named after the Fastnet Rock, which the race course rounds. The race is considered one of the classic big offshore races, ‘Fastnet’ is testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential.

The current course of the race is as follows – The race starts at the  Royal Yacht Squadron start line of Cowes, the Isle of Wight, the south coast of England, it then travels through the Solent through the Needles channel, then follows the southern coastline of England westward down the English Channel, before rounding Land’s End. After crossing the Celtic Sea, the race rounds the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland. Returning on a largely reciprocal course, the race rounds the Isles of Scilly before finishing at Cherbourg.

Cowes Week

Cowes Week is one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. With 40 daily sailing races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,000 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 August each year on the Solent (the area of water between southern England and the Isle of Wight made tricky by strong double tides), and is run by Cowes Week Limited in the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

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