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cowes week

We have regularly raced at Cowes with a "half and half" crewing arrangement and it works really well. We supply half the crew and you bring the other half. Up to six people can enjoy an exhilarating day (or week!) racing at Cowes. We sometimes do quite well too!  After the racing is over you can enjoy the atmosphere and legendary nightlife of Cowes Week. Travel over from Southampton on the Red Jet. It all fits neatly into one day, but a day to remember!

Here is the suggested package. Travel by train to Southampton Central station. From there, take the free bus to the Red Jet ferry terminal and speed across the Solent to West Cowes. The fast ferry only takes approx. 20 minutes. Your Elan race yacht will be berthed in the West Cowes Yacht Haven, which is right next door to the ferry terminal. The racing normally starts at about 1100 each day, so you only need to be at Cowes by about 0930. We can greet you at the ferry terminal and take you to the boat. Meet the rest of the crew for coffee/breakfast and then set off for the start of the race. We will provide everything you need for a fabulous day out. We sail to win so you will play a big part in sailing the boat, but experience is not essential. We will teach you all you need to know to take part and become fully involved in the racing. We are usually finished by about 1600, when we return to the marina where you can join us in the Beer tent to mix with all the other sailors and tell a few tall stories about the days’ racing.

Stay on for the rest of the evening if you want. You will have a pass to the main entertainment area where there is live music and food available. Call Jim on 07805 927288 for more information, or email

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