The Cowes UK Sail GP round takes place on the first weekend of Cowes Week 2019 on the 10th/11th August 2019.
This spectacular race event will take centre stage in the Solent, partnering with the already world-famous week-long regatta in Cowes. It promises to deliver amazing racing action to the competitors, fans and visitors. As the home of UK sailing, fans will be out in force, both ashore and afloat, to support the home team, which features some of the best young Olympic talent in the country.
Latest: Saturday 11th August spectator places are now SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 10: Race Day 1 Cancelled due to adverse conditions Cowes Race 1: 15:10 Cowes Race 2: 15:46 Cowes Race 3: 16:20 Sunday, August 11: Race Day 2 to go ahead with an extended timetable Cowes Race 4: 15:10 Cowes Race 5: 15:46 Cowes Final: 16:20
With grandstands planned along the shore at Cowes this event promises to be a huge spectator draw during an already busy Cowes Week first weekend.
In the second of our articles we feature The Hut restaurant at Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight.
The restaurant is set on the waters edge at Colwell Bay at the North Western end of the Island, about two and a half miles from the Needles. The terraced restaurant allows uninterrupted views to the West and therefore gets the sun pretty much from midday on during the day. In the evenings the spectacular sunsets need to be seen to be appreciated. That’s the thing about The Hut, not many folks know that such places exist so close to London, it really does feel a world away from the City.
The building is a pastel colour wooden boarded gem with a laid back vibe enhanced by the music played throughout. I’d call it a mixture of chill out and Jazz and while I’m no expert, I do know it fits perfectly with a gin and tonic or a cold beer on the front terrace.
The restaurant is spread over two stories and has four main areas, the bar and front terrace, with an area to the right with a number of tables and perfect for small gatherings. This has a sliding electronically operated roof. Upstairs and set a little further back there are two areas both of which can also be hired for private functions. The smaller upper terrace for about 25 and a larger upper terrace area seating about 70 persons.
The food is of a very high quality which we can attest to having eaten there more than a few times ourselves. The menu features specials such as sea food platters and very good steaks, salads and fries. As ordered for a recent event and which we would thoroughly recommend. But you can check out the menu on their Website for lots of other options including vegetarian dishes.
Now for the really great thing about the Hut, that is you can get there by boat and drop anchor in Colwell Bay. The Hut then operates a free inflatable boat ferry service that will pick up from anchored boats and take guests ashore. There are steps on the sea wall that make it easy to step off and head straight into the restaurant.
Now as you might imagine, this all means that it’s a great place to see, and also be seen, with some fabulous boats gathering there on sunny weekends. So take note, arriving wet through on a RIB just wouldn’t cut it! It’s best to arrive in style on board a luxury cruiser.
In the last three years the Hut has become better known and is now very popular at weekends, it’s therefore essential to book in advance.
Trips to the Hut with Hamble Powerboat Charters are from Hamble village on the River Hamble. A distance of approximately 40 miles return, so you’ll get a fast run West down the Solent as part of your trip.
Bembridge Harbour is one of our favourite destinations and is a great cruise from Port Solent or Hamble going past the Solent Forts. For anyone that hasn’t visited the Harbour. its entrance is accessible a few hours either side of high water. Approached via a winding channel that passes over a sand bar and in through an incredibly narrow deep water channel which is an experience in itself. Once inside, Bembridge “Duver” Marina is a tranquil, world away from the mainland with its causeway and pretty views It’s just a short walk to the beach as well. The friendly marina staff and the Harbour Master Gordon are more than happy to accept short stay bookings in advance on their pontoons. This means that even on busy days they are on hand to welcome Allegro as we arrive.
Directly opposite and within the Harbour itself is the “Best Dressed Crab” restaurant serving fabulous fresh caught sea food dishes. So fresh that the fishing boats land on the jetty on which the restaurant sits and drop their catches off with the Chef. With indoor and outdoor dining areas it’s wooden light blue painted boards and simple interiors provide a perfect spot for lunch. Access to the restaurant from the mooring is via the Harbour Master’s launch who will pick up alongside Allegro or at the pontoon landing stage.
As an alternative for lighter appetites across the sand dunes along the beach promenade their is the beach cafe.
Bembridge is a relaxed place to visit especially on weekdays and the sun often beats down on one of the sunniest spots in the UK. But the harbour can get busy when the sailing club’s have their rallies or during the annual jazz or beer festivals. So booking is advised.
Contact Hamble Powerboat Charters to book your experience.
The Cowes UK event will take place over the first week-end of Lendy Cowes Week 2019 on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019.
This spectacular race event will take centre stage in the Solent, partnering with the already world-famous week-long regatta in Cowes and promises to deliver amazing racing action to the competitors, fans and visitors. As the home of UK sailing, fans will be out in force, both ashore and afloat, to support the home team, which features some of the best young Olympic talent in the country.
Contact us to charter a boat for the day for you and your guests to watch the race action from on board one of our power boat cruisers.
The nights are drawing in now boat the Solent is still a magical place to be and the sunsets at this time of year are truly spectacular. We’ve been really lucky to have enjoyed some lovely sunshine over the middle of October boat there may well be some equally nice sunny days to come. The seas are often calm at this time of year and the marinas and ports are all a little quieter.
If you are wondering how you can get out on the water give us a call and take advantage of one of our taster experiences from as little as 350.00 all inclusive.