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EVENTS PAUL WYETH Race action close to the shore during Lendy Cowes Week LENDY COWES WEEK Lots to do at the world’s most famous regatta C owes Week is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events and is a key highlight of the British sporting summer. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars. Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place aer Glorious Goodwood and before the Glorious Twelh (the first day of the grouse shooting season). Over the years the event has attracted British and foreign royalty, and many famous faces. e regatta has evolved enormously since its early beginnings, and now over 800 boats in up to 40 different classes race over eight days. It is this mixture of classic and ultra-modern designs that gives the regatta its unique flavour. Several classes that raced 50 years ago are still racing today and new classes are included as they increase in popularity. 2019 sees the return of the Triple Crown series where maxi yachts, some of whom will have just taken part in the Rolex Fastnet Race, compete for some of COWES 2019 – 2020 yachting’s most prestigious trophies. e three day series will include an Around the Island Race with the yachts battling to beat previous around the Island records. An exciting addition to the regatta for 2019 is the recently launched SailGP F50 catamaran circuit which will be taking place on the first Saturday and Sunday of Cowes Week. With racing off Egypt Point between 3pm and 5pm, spectators will have an amazing opportunity to see some of the fastest boats in the world. Another key change is that the overall prize giving for all classes will move to the Friday night (16 August). On Saturday 17 August racing will continue with the Cowes Town Regatta trophies up for grabs, which will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to complete the week with a final flourish. Lendy Cowes Week has a number of themes running throughout the week that involve both competitors and visitors. Sustainability Day on the first Saturday will start the week off by raising 15