All aboard for Cowes Week

A key part of the British sporting calendar is underway on the Isle of Wight. Cowes Week attracts up to 1,000 competing boats, more than 8,000 competitors, and 100,000 visitors.

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In Pictures: Cowes Week so far

The SB20 fleet start racing Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Spectators watch the racing from the Green in Cowes Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Boats from the Redwing and X One Design fleets prepare for racing Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
A cannon fires outside the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes to signal a passing yacht winning its class Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Competitors in the SB20 fleet struggling in the gusty conditions Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire