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Visit Isle of Wight praises Cowes Week's positive impact

Cowes Week - picture credited to Visit Isle of Wight

The world-famous Cowes Week returns tomorrow with the regatta only a few years shy of marking its 200th anniversary.

The event's expected to draw in more than 100,000 spectators, with parties and live entertainment running alongside the sailing spectacle.

Visit Isle of Wight's Managing Director, Will Myles, has told us the showpiece regatta caters to every sailor, both competitive and casual:

"It is the largest and oldest in the world - and people come here from all over the world.

"Around 8,000 competitors take part, ranging from casual sailors to Olympic medallists and world champions.

"it's a great event."

Will's told us there is more to the regatta than just the sport on show:

"It's family day on Sunday - and there are events up at Northwood House for all the family.

"You can do tree climbing and lots of other things there."

With weather warnings in place today and tomorrow, organisers say it's important to check for updates on any possible changes to the event's schedule.

The major event comes as yesterday the inaugural King's Cup took place, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A number of celebrities were involved in the day.

You can find out more about Cowes Week here.

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