Britain is an island with a rich maritime history, so it comes as little surprise that there are fantastic sailing spots dotted along its entire coastline. King among them is Cowes in the Isle of Wight, home to its world-famous summer regattas including Cowes Classics Week which Winkworth are again proud to be sponsoring this year.
The classics at Cowes
Now a key fixture in the classic sailing boat calendar, Cowes Classics Week is in its 12th year and takes place from July 27 until August 2, 2019. Described by the regatta “run by sailors for sailors”, up to 160 yachts are anticipated to attend the event which has grown into one of the most iconic gatherings of vintage and classic racing boats.
Organised by Royal London Yacht Club volunteers, with the support of other yacht clubs, it features a number of classic boats, some of which were built in the 19th century and are still racing regularly. It’s a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in the design and build of vintage sailing boats—whether they plan to partake in the races or watch from the shoreline. Alongside the races, the social events at Cowes Classics are an integral part of the week and Winkworth are looking forward to providing tea and homemade cakes at the Royal London Yacht Club for all competitors following the weekday races.
Regular competitor Sir Richard Ottaway sums up the spirit of the Cowes Classics Week: “I’m looking forward to another week of fantastic clear water racing and excellent courses together with the best onshore social events in the Cowes calendar.” Cowes Classics Week sets the stage for the sailing regatta Cowes Week which begins just over a week later on August 10.
The lure of sailing
The 2016 film remake of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons successfully conveyed the excitement and adventure of taking to the water on a sailboat. Whether it’s just pottering about on a lake or competing at a high level in fast winds, sailing is known to be good for health and fitness, both physical and mental.
The saltiness of the sea air is composed of charged ions that aid in the body’s oxygen absorption, which in turn balances serotonin levels, sometimes dubbed the “happy hormone”. Furthermore, the rhythmic movement of the boat on the water and the sound of the wind in the sails can all affect brainwave patterns, which help to relax and soothe a busy mind. Sailing as a sport inclusive too—all ages and levels of fitness can take to the water and enjoy working collaboratively as a team.
Where to sail in Britain?
From the sea lochs of Scotland to the fickle tides of the Solent, there are hundreds of fantastic and varied sailing spots all along the British coastline. Among them, Lymington in Hampshire, stands out. Positioned on the edge of the New Forest, it’s a charming Georgian port town, with two marinas and a yacht club, that offers the best of both coast and countryside. Winkworth’s two local offices, in Sway and Milford-on-Sea, are perfectly positioned to help clients looking for a property to buy on the Hampshire coastline.
Dartmouth in south Devon becomes a hive of activity during the summer months as one of the major stopping points for sailing boast cruising along the south coast. Following all the action at Cowes, the Dartmouth Royal Regatta is held at end of August each year. It’s been recognised as a key player on the regatta circuit since the 17th century, and the dramatic cliffs at the mouth of the River Dart offer a fantastic vantage point to see the sailboats in action.
Heading west along the coastline, Fowey in south Cornwall is a quaint seaside town overlooking a busy estuary. It’s often cited as one of the best waterside towns to live in the UK boasting a wide range of independent shops and restaurants set along narrow, cobbled streets as well as all the services that support the lively sailing community. The annual regatta in August is another of the highlights of the south-west sailing season.
Properties for sale
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Enjoying magical and ever-changing views over the village of Polruan and across the estuary to Fowey, this three-bedroom house comes to the market in excellent condition. It’s on the market for £695,000.
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