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    Cowes is a small town on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

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    Cowes is a small town on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

    Traditionally a yachting town, Cowes' population swells in late July each year as thousands of people and hundreds of yachts arrive to take part in and watch the series of eight regattas.

    This year the yacht races during "Cowes Week" will see Prince Philip and Prime Minister Edward Heath at the helm of two of the competing boats.

    Six-hundred yachts from a number of countries will take part in the series of competitions testing speed over short, and endurance over long-distance courses.

    Cowes Week officially opens on Saturday (29 July) with the Royal Southampton Yacht Club's Queen's Cup Race.

    SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of yachts are lining the quays at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, awaiting the start of a week of racing known as "Cowes Week"...Over six-hundred yachts from a number of countries have entered the eight regattas that comprise the week's racing.

    Yachtsmen are preparing their boats for the first race on Saturday -- the Royal Southampton Yacht Club Queens Race. Among the distinguished yachtsmen taking part in this yards competition will be Prince Philip and Britain's Prime Minister Health.

    The local boat yards are filled with yachts receiving last-minute inspection and preparation. Yacht racing at Cowes dates back to 1776 when the first naval regatta was held. One of the major events of this year's competition will be the gruelling six-hundred-and-fifty mile Fastnet Race to the southern tip of Ireland and back.

    Every effort is made so the boats will be as fast as possible, even to scrubbing the hulls to remove any foreign material that might cling to the boat slowing its speed.

    In addition to the influx of yachts the population of Cowes is being swelled by thousands of tourists, who have come to view the races and other festivities..... "Cowes Week" is one of the largest and most colourful yachting competitions in the world.

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