Crowds on the promenade at Cowes, Isle of Wight, August 4 were bigger than any since the beginning of the celebrated 'Cowes Week' August 1.
Crowds on the promenade at Cowes, Isle of Wight, August 4 were bigger than any since the beginning of the celebrated 'Cowes Week' August 1. The Roads presented a gay sight. Almost every craft from the destroyer 'Vigo' to the smallest launch was 'dressed overall' (beflagged) in honour of the Queen Mother's fifty-ninth birthday.
Outstanding event among the twenty races contested August 4, was the 52-mile international race around the Isle of Wight for the Britannia Challenge Cup. First of the 34 contestants home was the Dutch yacht 'Zwerver', followed by the Swedish yawl 'Anna Marina'. Third was another Dutch boat, the 'Oliver van Noort'.
Yachtsmen and yachting enthusiasts sail annually into Cowes from all parts of the world for this festival of racing and romance. The excitement of the days racing is followed by an exhilarating whirl of balls, dinners and receptions equal to any in the 'Calendar' of the International socialite set.
To a yachtsman, be he the wealthy owner of a luxurious ocean - going steam yacht, or just interested in "messing about in boats", to be at Cowes for 'Cowes Week' is a 'must'.