History of Cowes Week in photos


As the biggest sailing regatta in the world gets ready for a week of racing, here are some historic photos of the famous Cowes Week.

Cowes Week starts on the Isle of Wight tomorrow – an extravagant sailing race (the largest of its type in the world), which has been held every year since 1826, except during the two World Wars.

Just seven yachts under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club took part in the first race in which the Gold cup prize was valued at £100. The next year King George IV indicated his approval of the event by presenting ‘the King’s Cup’, which has been awarded at every race since. Today there are up to 40 races every day with a total of 1,000 boats participating.

Cowes Green, 1900. Credit: photo©www.beken.co.uk
J Class, 1934. Credit: photo©www.beken.co.uk
Ladies race 1895. Credit: photo©www.beken.co.uk

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