For the third event of the 2020 season, the 44Cup will make its debut at Cowes Week - one of the world’s oldest and most famous regattas but one that has moved with the times, delivering a balance of world class regatta racing and an amazing social scene. Hosted as a mini-series within the event, racing on the Solent will take place with a start or finish each day off the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron line complete with sound signals from the club’s cannons.
The 44Cup fleet will form part of an impressive line-up of professional racing occurring on The Solent this summer. The Emirates America's Cup World Series Portsmouth will take place on The Solent over 4 - 7 June and the SailGP foiling catamaran circuit will coincide with the 44Cup as a feature event at Cowes Week, taking place in the late afternoon on the Friday and Saturday, 14-15 August.
What to expect from Cowes
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
The event offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.
Walk the Town
There's also no shortage of things to see and do ashore. Cowes boasts a host of clothing and lifestyle shops where you can indulge in some retail therapy, as well as many art galleries and other delights. You can enjoy a coffee or long lunch at one of the many pubs or restaurants, pay a visit to Cowes Maritime Museum on Beckford Road, or hop over to East Cowes on the floating bridge to visit the Classic Boat Centre and Osborne House, once Queen Victoria's holiday home.
Of course, if you're simply interested in soaking up the festival atmosphere and enjoying the live entertainments, there are a number of key venues which each offer something different.
How to follow the racing
Make sure you don't miss a moment of the 44Cup Cowes with our guide to how to watch the racing:
ON THE DOCK
The boats will be moored in the Northern Basin of Cowes Yacht Haven just meters from the main Cowes Week event village from Monday 10 August.
One of the best locations to watch the starts and finishes ashore is undoubtedly the area between the Castle of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the cannons – as long as you don't mind the loud bangs!
Here you can get right on the line and see who got the best start and which boats were over the line. You can also hear the race officers giving their countdowns and calling the starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron battlements.
DOWNLOAD THE TRAC TRAC APP
Follow the racing live via GPS tracking here.
FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOG
Bring your online racing experience to life with our on the water live blog, updating you on all the action blow-by-blow and the conditions as it happens.
The blog will be active on the 44Cup homepage as soon as the event starts.
JOIN THE CHAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow us on Facebook for instant news, photos and videos, join the chat on Twitter and let us know who you are supporting or follow us on Instagram @the44cup for the very best images from the race course.
Cowes Radio provides live, continuous on the water commentary of sailing, giving minute-by-minute information to competitors, spectators and regatta followers, live from our fully instrumented commentary boat, and direct from our race experienced commentators on water and ashore on the starting platform of the Royal Yacht Squadron.
DON'T MISS OUR DAILY VIDEO WRAP-UP
Highlights from each day including interviews with the sailors will keep you up to date with everything you need to know. WATCH HERE.
Whether you are a competitor at Cowes Week, are interested in watching the racing, or simply want to be involved in the festival atmosphere of the event, there are loads of things to see and do. Read about what was on offer during the 2020 regatta at each of the main venues below.
Cowes Yacht Haven
Situated in the centre of town, Cowes Yacht Haven is one of the main entertainment venues for Cowes Week. 2019 saw an enhanced layout to the Regatta Village, plus a family friendly area offering a quieter space for visiting families.
With access from the High Street and Town Quay it is home to the famous Troup Dudley Cowes Week Beer Tent, along with the Fever-Tree Bar, Food Court, hospitality areas and a wide range of stalls. With Live Entertainment on stage throughout the week till late each evening, the Yacht Haven is the place to be.
Entry to the Yacht Haven remains free all week with the exception of Firework Friday where entry after 6pm will be £5.00 per person.
Cowes Parade Village
Cowes Parade Village is a fantastic waterfront venue that has something for everybody. Free to enter and open from 10am until midnight daily - the Parade Village not only boasts spectacular views of the Solent and the competing yachts it is also home to the bustling Spinnaker Bar, where live music can be enjoyed from lunchtime until late. There is even a relaxed garden area where you can enjoy a delicious Westerhall Rum cocktail or a Slingsby G&T whilst you watch the world go by.
There are a plethora of great food offerings for breakfast, lunch or dinner and exciting retail outlets and activities for all the family to enjoy all day every day.
Shepards is an Official Cowes Week Shoreside venue located 200 metres from the town centre, where competitors and spectators, friends and families can all enjoy the unique welcoming Shepards Wharf atmosphere.
Open from breakfast until late at night, Shepards is renowned as the place to go for apres-racing drinks, relaxation, and entertainment with live music and great food.
For berthing and mooring information please contact the friendly team at Shepards Wharf Marina.
The Cowes Week Lawn Lounge Bar is a regular feature at Northwood House, offering a relaxed "chill out" style ambience, with comfortable lounge furniture inside the marquee and on the lawns.
It's a great meeting place and alternative destination for visitors, competitors and local residents coming to the event, offering relaxed DJ'd music and a whole host of top Island bands and performers. A delicious range of gourmet burgers are served gastro pub style, anytime from midday to midnight.
With signature cocktail serves, Live Jazz nights, and a whole host of other top musical talent set in a relaxed venue this is a great place to head for during Cowes Week.
For more information visit www.cowesweek.co.uk