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The world renowned sailing Mecca, home of yacht racing and a firm favorite for yacht charter visitors to the Solent.

Cowes Castle – the Royal Yacht Squadron plus the town boasts many fine sailing clubs. Great pubs, lots of restaurants, shops and all round tourist hotspot. Come early August Cowes buzzes to the tune of the world’s oldest regatta Cowes Week.

Where to stay

Cowes Yacht haven – Is the hub of the town and during Cowes week is transformed into a mini festival site, with stalls, a wide selection of food, live music stage and beer tents. Sheppard’s Wharf – A cable upstream of the Haven, starboard side, with extra visitor berths.

East Cowes by contrast offers more comfort, facilities &  moorings wise, whilst you can still access West Cowes (town) via a water taxi ride (£3) or with a 10 min walk and free chain ferry ride.

Fuel can be obtained from Lallows Boatyard (Tel 01983 292111) or Cowes Yacht Haven. For berthing availability, contact Cowes Harbour Control on VHF Ch 69 or Tel 01983 293952

  •  Mojac’s
  • China China
  • Red Duster
  • Murrays all on the High Street
  • Tonino’s on Shooters Hill

Pubs  – The Anchor Inn & The Peirview Public House


Cowes offers some fine gift shops and retail outlets. There is the Maritime Museum, with Uffa Fox’s  boats; Avenger and Coweslip  and the Sir Max Aitken Museum with lots of sailing and nautical artefacts. Nearby Osborn House offers many world class concerts and shows.

• Tidal information

Cowes Town Access at all states of the tide

The Folly Inn

Past Cowes and on up the Medina River. Tel  01983 297171 for bookings.  The Folly Inn has a good restaurant, great beer and frequently has live entertainment (bands) plus the occasional table top dancing spree. There are some nice walks to Newport (Islands capital), St. Mildred’s Church in Whippingham was Queen Victoria’s local church and where Uffa Fox is buried.

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