Hundreds of yachts from around the world have been gathering at the Isle of Wight on Britain's South Coast for the start of the annual Cowes Week competitions.
GV, SV yachts in harbour (4 shots)
SV, LV boat carried on trailer (2 shots)
GV yachts at sea (5 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of yachts from around the world have been gathering at the Isle of Wight on Britain's South Coast for the start of the annual Cowes Week competitions.
SYNOPSIS: It's the small boat divisions which have the impressive numbers at Cowes this Year. But there are also a large number of the much bigger ocean racers to take part in the five off-shore races during the week. There is a total entry for the off-shore classes of 267 boats with another 291 yachts expected to compete in the day boat classes.
Although it is the smaller day-boats that provide the entertaining sailing of Cowes Week, it is the off-shore fleets that supply the major competitions. There is a strong entry from West Germany this
year with yachts like Saudade, Duva and Swantewit in the cruiser class. There is also a strong international entry in the opening race of the week - the Queen's Cup on Saturday (31 July).