The first-ever Ladies Day in Cowes Week's 180-year history will take place this year 8/3/06


Skandia Cowes Week, the World’s oldest and largest yachting regatta, and a popular fixture on the UK’s social calendar, is staging its first-ever ‘Ladies Day’ in the Event’s 180-year history. Ladies Day at Skandia Cowes Week is being held on Thursday 3 August.

More women than ever now take part in this famous regatta – around a third of the 8,000 competitors at last year’s event were female. With so many women ‘ruling the waves’, Ladies Day will add a new dimension to this already exciting event.

Alongside a host of fun activities being planned for the day, there are two key focus areas, namely a Ladies Day Trophy (planned to be an annual occurrence beyond 2006) and a Champagne reception at which this Trophy will be presented.

The Skandia Cowes Week Ladies Day Trophy will be awarded in recognition of the outstanding contribution; commitment; or achievement in sailing demonstrated by a female competitor at Skandia Cowes Week 2006. There will be five short-listed candidates selected from a simple nomination process via the Event website ( from April right through to the cut-off at midday on Friday, 28 July.

Anyone wishing to make a nomination needs to provide an explanation of why the nominated person deserves to win the Ladies Day Trophy. The short-list will be drawn up by an Event Panel and all five individuals will be invited to the exclusive post-racing Champagne reception on 3 August during which (alongside the presentation of the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup), the overall winner will be announced and will be presented with the inaugural Ladies Day Trophy.

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