Cowes Week-4 day experience

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01 Aug 2017 - 04 Aug 2017 £795.00
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Cowes Week-4 day experience

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £795 per person

Duration: 4 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

Everyone should "do" Cowes week once in their lifetime. Fast paced and great fun, it's an adrenaline rush of a week! The atmosphere is electric and the sailing fantastic - unmatched anywhere else in the world with a spectacular social programme. This four day option gives you plenty of on the water race action, the spectacular fireworks display - and tons of post-race partying too!

What the Girls Had to Say

"Cowes week with Girls for Sail was the perfect combination of serious sailing and fantastic fun. There were some real pinch-yourself moments- I feel like I've achieved so much!"

Starts: 8am, Tuesday @ the GFS office, Cowes

Finishes: depart Saturday morning, Cowes

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About The Event

Inspired to give racing a go but thought it was something only professional sailors could do? Well think again!

Since 1826 Cowes Week has been a major fixture in the sailing calendar and is the largest and most famous sailing regatta in the world. Every year around 1,000 yachts and 8,500 competitors from all over the world head to the port of Cowes on the sunny Isle of Wight to take part in 8 days of adrenaline-packed racing on boats ranging from dinghies and one design yachts to multihulls and 100 foot super yachts. Competitors include world-class and Olympic yachtsmen and women and weekend leisure sailors.

The fun doesn't stop when the racing's finished for the day...quite the opposite! For one week in August, Cowes transforms itself into the party capital of the south coast - with a festival-like atmosphere and different events and parties happening every night you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to evening entertainment. The whole week concludes with a HUGE water-based fireworks display on the last Friday of Cowes Week - the sight of hundreds of boats at anchor watching the spectacle is a sight to behold indeed!!

Cowes Week offers some of the most exciting racing conditions within the compact and challenging Solent, which is as exhilarating to watch as it is to compete in. Cowes regatta extends over a magnificent 8 days and is not for the faint hearted! Serious racing is of course also accompanied by some serious socialising. Strong tides, erratic weather and 900 competitors, certainly make this a challenging event! There is always one day when you wake, turn your suntanned face up to the grey skies and wonder if are we really going to race in this?!! The infamous Cowes beer tent comes alive straight after racing as the crews come ashore to relax and swap stories over a few post race drinks. The fun is non stop and the buzz is really exhilarating. Cowes is a wonderful place in the sunshine. The small high street is a hive of activity during Cowes week with excellent restaurants and pubs which are all full of life and plenty of great 'yachtie' shops as well.    

One of the social highlights is the final night fireworks on the Friday. An un-missable night out! In the evenings, there is a huge programme of entertainment with well-known bands featured on the main stage. And then, there’s the general socialising!! If you work it out...900 boats with an average of 10 people aboard that’s ....9000 sailors...no wonder lil' ole Cowes is buzzing!! Sadly, it’s still exceptionally male dominated so the beer tents are still packed with happy chaps having lots of racing discussions!! There are a huge range of pubs, restaurants and even black tie dinners to attend so we can help coordinate the social programme to make sure the whole team are happy! Why not come along and join in? You can come on your own because you will be looked after by us girls! You are never alone on a Girls for Sail event.....especially if you wear your team shirt!

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Sample Itinerary

 

TUESDAY - Ladies Day today! Meet your crew at 8am and head out for a day of training with your fabulous GFS skipper. Cocktails and a chance to dress to impress that evening at the GFS LBD party!

 

WEDNESDAY - RACE DAY 1 Crew dinner local restaurant, party in marina tent

 

THURSDAY - RACE DAY 2 Crew dinner followed by some partying in the marina!

 

FRIDAY - RACE DAY 3 BBQ at Royal Ocean Racing Club overlooking the fireworks.

 

SATURDAY - depart Cowes with memories galore!

About the boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 people.

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About Cowes

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

What's included?

Your Cowes week package includes the following:

  • Full use of a fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified race skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accomodation on board*
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • Fun*Fun*Fun!
  • All mooring fees
  • Shower facilities on site in marina
  • Shorebased support from the Girls for Sail team
  • 1 team shirt to wear racing/ashore - yours to keep! (and more available to buy)

What isn't included?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Food
  • Any clothing
  • Accommodation upgrades where available

*Ask us for upgrades to shoreside accommodation!

 

What experience do I need?

None needed!! We are offering a number of packages for Cowes Week this year so there is something for everyone! We encourage sailors of all abilities! No level of experience necessary, all that is required is a general level of fitness to move around the boat.

No matter what your experience we guarantee that after sailing on this boat with one of our lovely skippers you will go home having had the opportunity to get stuck in and having learnt something. The crew onboard this boat will be of mixed abilities so there is no pressure! We are here to have fun, make friends and try something new.

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Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

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