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    Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 6:45pm
I've just received the email with the link to the PDF about Cowes Week 2011.
http://www.co32.org/SECTION_Racing/COWES/Cowes%20Week%202011%20Circular.pdf

I've never raced,  but I'm amazed at the entry price of £475/boat.  What does one get for that?  Does it include the moorings for the week + dinner for the crew??


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Hi Glen,

I have not read the full details of the deal but the cost quoted will be or race entry only, berthing and dinners etc will be extra.  That said, the association organise a good value berthing package with East Cowes marina where most of the Co32 fleet will be based.  As for dinners and drinks well that’s up to the budget of the skipper and crew.

 

Personally, I believe that if you split the cost for race entry and berthing between the crew Cowes Week is actually extremely good value for 8 days or excellent racing and socialising at the worlds premier racing regatta where the Co32s have their own start.

 

I don’t have enough holiday to compete for the whole week in 2011 but hope to do the first weekend.

 

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There was me thinking that £10 would be about the right price for entry to a race,  especially if it's using a recycled cup!

Oh well,  now I know why yacht racing is a rich man's sport:-)
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Glenn,
 
Nice to hear from you. Whilst I do not think that £475 is unreasonable for participation in the world`s premier sailing regatta, I do believe that it is, potentially, something of a deterrent - hence my efforts in negotiating a reduction for us with the organizers. As things stand, £475 buys race entries for 8 days. Assuming a typical crew of seven, this works out at  less than £8.50 per person for a day`s entertainment. If we achieve our goal and have enough entries to get the full rebate, the result will be all this for less than £5.50 per person per day. 
 
Even at the full rate, I believe that Cowes Week compares favourably with similar regattas elsewhere. Like motor racing and mountaineering in the Himalayas, I am aware that yacht racing is not something for everyone, but viewed as a fiver a day, I suspect that the "rich men" to whom you refer might regard it as insufficiently expensive for them. Of course there are other costs: the boat for example, but I feel that, on this forum, should not need to be justified. Re. meals for the crew: they will need them anyway, racing or not. I do find, however, that racing generates a requirement for more to drink !    
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlennG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jan 2011 at 10:30am
I must admit that I was comparing it to sailing around the cans at the local club - generally free.  I'd never thought nor considered that there was a cost of entry into Cowes week,  so it's a bit of an eye opener! 

As a cruiser,  I just like the freedom of the sea and eschew formalities.

I guess there's an entry fee for the round-the-island race too.  Alternatively I suppose one can just sail around the island with everyone else for nothing;-)
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