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What's on in Cowes and how to watch the start

What's on in Cowes - Thursday 1st August

The schedule for the race village on Cowes Parade is listed below. There will be race boat viewings; walk the dock and get onboard. Meet some skippers and crew. Paddleboard around the "Fastnet Rock" with UKSA. Wight Tricks academy - try some free-running and tricking, for all ages. Main Stage - acoustic music all day & live press conference at 1630hrs.

1100 Fastnet Village Opens    
1100 - 1700 Trinity Landing Walk the dock Meet the skippers of high profile yachts competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race
1100 - 1700 Trinity Landing UKSA Try paddleboarding - 12 spots available per hour to learn how to paddleboard
1100 - 1700 Cowes Parade Wight Tricks Academy   Take part in urban sports with Wight Tricks, teaching Free Running, acrobatics and tricking; a combination of gymnastics and martial arts movements
1900  Cowes Parade Crew Party & Hog Roast Join us for a massive hog roast from Brownrigg Farm on The Parade - pay as you go

On Stage

1400 Live Music Alex Kats                  Acoustic Guitar set
1630 Press Conference      RORC Media interviews with key skippers and guest competitor
1800 Skippers Briefing RORC Listen to the skippers race briefing, presented by RORC 
1930 Live Music Lucid Harmony infused folk rock band from the Isle of Wight
2100 Crew Party Band Brando Europe's finest covers band
Midnight    CLOSE    

Where to watch the start

The race starts from one of yachting’s most famous locations: The Royal Yacht Squadron (The Squadron), Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 3rd August 2019. Start sequence and times can be found here.

The best vantage points for the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green from Fastnet Radio.

As the fleet funnels out of the Solent there will be a good chance to see the yachts from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle on the mainland. Further along the coast Anvil Point, St Alban’s Head, and Portland Bill should also give a good view of the race on its outbound leg.

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Fastnet Radio & Live TV

Fastnet Radio will be broadcasting on 87.9 FM in the build up to the race in Cowes and in Plymouth, with interviews, race updates and all the latest news. 

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Race Office at the Finish

  • Shaw Way, Mount Batten, Plymouth
  • +44 (0) 1983 295 144
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Race Office at the Start

  • 82 High Street, Cowes
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