Saturday, 5 June 2010
by Michelle Warner
The shore-side programme for Cowes Week 2010 is set to provide the perfect complement to a packed racing schedule and guarantee the usual vibrant, festival atmosphere ashore for which Cowes Week is so well known.
Cowes Week Limited (CWL) is delighted to confirm that the spectacular annual Cowes Week fireworks display has been secured for 2010 thanks to a generous anonymous donor. The display will take place on Friday 6 August at 21:30.
The sensational Cowes Week Red Arrows display, a regular fixture in recent years, will take place at 19:30 on Friday 6 August thanks to sponsorship by Artemis Investment Management for the second year running. The display will serve as a perfect warm-up to the fireworks.
The RNLI Charity Day
Monday 2 August will be a day when efforts are focused on the activities of the official charity with an emphasis on fundraising and generating awareness of the charity’s great work.
A celebration of women in sailing - one of very few mainstream sports where men and women compete on equal terms – will take place on Wednesday 4 August. A whole host of fun and celebratory activities will provide a focus for the day.
Each of the shore-side venues will also be contributing to the unique festival atmosphere of Cowes Week. Highlights include:
§ A dedicated area for Cowes Week participants and friends at Shepards Wharf Marina will host daily live bands, crew parties and themed nights throughout the week. Entrance to the site is free, although Competitor Cards may be required at certain times. The late night crew bar is open until 02:00 and entry to Infernos Nightclub is free with a Competitor Card before 22:00 throughout the week (except Friday 6 August).
§ A lively party atmosphere in the centre of Cowes at Cowes Yacht Haven where live acts will perform on The Gill Stage from 16:00 until late. Entrance this year will be free to all (excluding Fireworks night).
§ The chance to mingle with the two America’s Cup teams, TEAMORIGIN and BMWORACLE Racing at The 1851 Cup Village on Cowes Parade. Here, you will also be able to watch the Cowes Week racing fleets as they head to and from their start and finish lines and enjoy live entertainment throughout the week.
§ The Egypt Point race village, will welcome Cowes Week participants and the general public to enjoy the great entertainment of the Extreme Sailing Series racing close to shore each afternoon, while enjoying a relaxed drink, food, commentary and music.
§ A buzzing town throughout the week with street theatre and live entertainments, provided courtesy of Cowes Business Association.