This Saturday (29 July) marks the start of the world famous Cowes Week Sailing Regatta here on the Solent. This iconic sporting event is one of the longest running in UK history and has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars.
Up to 1,000 boats in forty separate classes race every day for 8 days. The 8,000 competitors that descend on Cowes for the week range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors.
The spectacle that the racing provides, together with the vibrant festival atmosphere attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the event.
Using our SEASTATES forecast service, we have provided a sailing condition forecast for the upcoming race days below.
Saturday is forecast to have periods of rain. Thereafter, generally settled weather conditions are forecast until at least Wednesday, with sunny intervals predicted for the majority of the time, although there will be some showers. Daytime highs will average around 18°C. Good to very good visibility is expected, with the exception of Saturday. Relatively calm seas are expected in line with the light to medium strength winds, although squalls may whip up some chop. High waters will be in the late afternoon for the beginning of the period, with lows in the mid-morning and late evening. Next week, high water will be in the evening, with low water in the middle part of the day.
Past the forecast period, more unsettled conditions are expected.
Wind from the W backing SW at around 10 Kn throughout the day. Gusts up to 21 Kn
Wind from the W backing SW through the day from 10 to 16 Kn. Gusts up to 29 Kn.
Wind from the WSW backing SW through the day at around 13 Kn. Gusts up to 24 Kn.
Wind from the SW through the day at around 10 Kn. Gusts up to 21 Kn.
Wind from the SSW backing S through the day at around 11 Kn. Gusts up to 21 Kn.
For more information about our forecast and see a free 4 day forecast for North West Europe go to WWW.SEASTATES.NET
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