12:00 Thursday 4 Jul 2019 Cowes Week LtdRed Funnel to light up the skies with unmissable Cowes Week Firework display

Cowes Week Limited, organisers of Cowes Week, the world’s best-known sailing regatta, is delighted to announce Red Funnel will be the headline sponsor of this year’s Cowes Week fireworks. Red Funnel are celebrating 50 years of continuous high-speed service between Southampton and West Cowes and to mark such a big anniversary, and to extend thanks to its customers and staff, past and present, they will be lighting up the skies on Friday 16th August at 21:30 with the Red Funnel Fireworks at Cowes Week to round off a week of sailing at the world-famous regatta.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, said:

“This year marks a significant milestone for Red Funnel as we celebrate 50 years of high-speed service across the Solent. Committing to headline sponsorship of the Cowes Week fireworks just felt like the right way to celebrate this momentous event in our history. The Red Funnel Fireworks at Cowes Week event is a tribute to all of our staff and customers as a heartfelt thank you for their support over the last 5 decades, and we really hope everyone enjoys the show. We’re a longstanding supporter of Cowes Week but it felt like time for us to take that support to the next level. Cowes Week is deeply rooted in the history of Cowes and Cowes is our Island home port. It just makes perfect sense for us to support making this exciting event the best it can be, and we can’t wait to light up the skies. It’s going to be a fantastic show!”

Commenting on what to expect of this year’s fireworks display, Kate Johnson, Commercial & Marketing Director at CWL said:

“We’re thrilled that Red Funnel has taken on the headline sponsorship of the Fireworks Display, having been a long-term supporter of the regatta. It will be another fabulous display this year and those watching may notice a predominant red and white theme, in recognition of their support.”

As in previous years, Red Funnel will also host two dedicated fireworks party boat excursions, one from Southampton and one from East Cowes, providing an up close view of the fireworks from the Solent.

For more information about The Red Funnel Fireworks at Cowes Week and Red Funnel’s fireworks excursions, please visit

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