Welcome to the 2016 Etchells Worlds Cowes

Welcome to the 2016 Etchells Worlds Cowes

Cowes has an unsurpassed heritage in racing yachts and indeed the world’s most famous yacht race, the America’s Cup, was first raced from Cowes around the Isle of Wight in 1851.

Since that time yacht racing of all types has become a popular pastime as well as a high-tech professional sport that embraces many thousands of participants in many hundreds (sometimes thousands) of boats. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is the highlight of the British yacht racing calendar and the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is one of the largest participatory events in the world.


“Cowes is one of the most interesting and challenging places in the world to sail.  And being able to walk or bike everywhere without having to bother with the car is amazing” 

Andrew Palfrey (“Dog) America’s  Cup Coach & past Etchells World Champion





“Cowes is one of my favourite places to sail.  I’ve enjoyed every regatta there, including the Etchells World Championships in 1996 and 2007.  I can’t wait to get back.”

Jud Smith past Etchells World Champion & past Rolex Yachtsman of the Year






“Both on and off the water, Cowes is one of the very best yacht racing locations in the World, and of course was the birthplace of the America’s Cup.  I had the honour of helming the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II, with my original 1983 crew at Cowes during the 2001 Jubilee celebrations.  I look forward to returning in 2016, racing my Etchells” 

John Bertrand Winning Skipper America’s Cup, past Etchells World Champion & Australian sailing legend