Safe Sailing on the Solent

With three major events – the King’s Cup, Sail GP and Cowes Week – set to take place on the Solent in the next few days and weeks, Cowes Harbour Commission is running a safety and speeding campaign to help those on the water stay safe.

Cowes is renowned for its Champagne sailing conditions, although there is currently some unsettled weather on the horizon with strong wind forecast for Friday and Saturday. With a busy few days ahead, Cowes Harbour Commission have published their four top safety tips:

  1. The inner harbour speed limit is 6 knots, with no wash
  2. Always wear a lifejacket
  3. Always wear a kill cord on board powered craft
  4. Don’t drink and go boating

Read more in depth safety recommendations here.

If you’re planning on being out on the water, here’s what you need to know about the three major events!

The King’s Cup

Fast40+ Class yacht

This new sailing event is being hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in support of their various charitable causes. The event is taking place on Thursday 8thAugust at 2pm and racing will be on high performance Fast40+ Class boats. The Royal couple will skipper two of the yachts, so it’s set to be an awesome event! Members of the public are invited to watch the race and prize giving from the SailGP Race Village in Cowes, with live footage of the race being played on large screens with commentary. Find more about the King’s Cup here.


The six F50s start race 1 of practice racing. Event 2 Season 1 SailGP event in San Francisco, California, United States. 03 May 2019. Photo: Chris Cameron for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP

Global event SailGP is making its European debut in the Solent and will serve as the opening feature of the iconic Cowes Week regatta. SailGP is an intense, season long battle between rival teams in identical, high tech flying F50 catamarans, with teams competing for a $1 million end-of-season prize. Over the 10thand 11thAugust the Great Britain SailGP team, helmed by Olympian Dylan Fletcher, will be racing in front of a home crowd for the first time. Find out more about SailGP here.

Cowes Week 2019

Cowes Inner Harbour – 6 knots limit diagram

Organisers are expecting a busy week of racing and have updated racing instructions to incorporate SailGP racing during the first weekend. Saturday 17thAugust is now a fun, end of regatta extra day giving crews the chance to mix up roles and have a blast on the water! Powersail will be on the water watching the racing and soaking up the unique atmosphere on our luxury 16m yacht.

If you’d like to know more about this iconic event and would like to join us, find out more here.

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