Cowes Week-Long weekend

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Cowes Week-Long weekend
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The Girls for Sail Verdict

Short of holiday but don't want to miss out on joining us for the biggest regatta in the world? This half week race option is absolutely perfect as it still gives you chance to enjoy a day of training, three days of racing - and LOTS of post-race partying too!

What the Girls Had to Say

"Cowes week was one of the best experiences ever...I've just bought a wee squib...wouldn't have done that if it wasn't for all the motivation and encouragement that still lingers on inside 4 years later! That's quite incredible and I'm so grateful for what you have given to sailing and for all the friendships that have developed from that week!" Karen, Cowes Week 

Starts: 10am, Friday @ the GFS office, Cowes

Finishes: 1800 hours, Monday, 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. These range 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!!

Our HALF WEEK package is the perfect way to participate in the Cowes Week Experience without such a large time commitment!  Join us for exhilarating training and racing - 4 awesome days on the water.

Start on Friday with a race training day, followed by 3 full days racing: Saturday, Sunday, Monday. A great way to enjoy the parties over the weekend and not take too much time off work!

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Sample Itinerary

Friday - meet at 10am at the Girls for Sail office. Get to know your fellow race crew and then after a quick safety brief you'll be heading out into the Solent for some race training. Make sure you have a good breakfast to set you up for the day! Return back to Cowes marina for a full de-brief and a well deserved celebratory drink!

Saturday - we'll be off the dock bright and early to make sure we're all set for the start of our first Cowes Week race! If this is your first time racing prepare for a major adrenaline rush - the sight of hundreds of boats all racing at the same time really has to be seen to be experienced!! There is one race a day for the class you'll be racing in - prepare for anything between 4 and 6 hours, dependent on weather conditions on the day...don't worry, there'll be time on the longer legs to grab food and plenty of drinks to keep you going.

Sunday - ready for day two's racing action?! After a day of training and your first race, things should really be starting to come together today. It's all about team work girls - so you'll be looking out for your fellow crewmates, as well as staying focused on your role on board.

Monday - you should be hopefully be well into the swing of things by now...not to mention discovering muscles that you didn't know existed! Really make the most of that last day on board and go for gold!

Evenings - we have an exciting programme of activities for you to join in as you wish every night. There are parties galore all week and the after-racing activities are legendary! If you'd rather head back for a well-earned bath or shower and an early night that's fine too!

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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!

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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 person. 

What experience do I need?

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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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.

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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