Spectator guide

One of the great things about Cowes Week is that spectators can watch much of the racing from the shore. The Green and The Parade are great places to view the action and spectators also now have a number of fantastic opportunities to go afloat.

Watch ashore

One of the best locations to watch the starts ashore each morning 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! Racing is scheduled to start at 10 am every day.

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. In the afternoon, head along the Green towards Egypt Point to watch the fleet as they finish.

Cowes Radio Commentary

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.

A hugely experienced team of broadcasters bring you live commentary and interviews with celebrities, skippers, crews and organisers, winners and losers, race results and up-to the minute comment from the people who matter. The station also broadcasts competitions, fun and games, plus a social guide. Cowes Radio is a really useful way of finding out what's going on with the up-to the minute daily guide to 'what's on' and 'who's doing what.

Spectator Boats

For those wanting to watch from the water, there are a number of spectator boat options, offering trips to watch the racing action up close. Trips are an hour-long and depart 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm from Trinity Landing on Cowes Parade.

Each trip costs £12.50 for an adult and £8 for a child. Bookings can be made at the Regatta Centre on the Parade. More details are available here.

Rib Rides

RIB rides are available throughout the week with departures at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The 60 minute blast across the yacht-filled Solent take spectators as close as they can get to the action without ectually taking part in the racing.

Each trip costs £37 for an adult and £25 for a child.

More details are available here.

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, of course, 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.

Explore the Wight

Think rolling hills and picture-postcard villages. Think golden sandy beaches. Think buckets, spades and jumping waves. Think fish and chips by the sea. Think gorgeous local produce in oak-beamed pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Think stately homes and medieval castles. Think family-friendly campsites, boutique hotels and country cottages. Think extreme sports, gentle strolls and world-famous festivals. Think attractions for all ages.

Everything that's great about Britain can be found here on the Isle of Wight - the Great British Island. Check out the visit isle of wight website to see just how much the island has to offer.