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|
|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|
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.