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Prince Phillip joins thousands at Cowes Week

As the popular sailing event gets underway in the Isle of Wight today, Prince Phillip will be among those enjoying Cowes Week today.

It's one of the oldest and largest sailing regattas in the world - with 188 years experience and attracting up to 1,000 competing boats.

More than 8,000 competitors are due to take part and there will be 45 newcomers entering for the first time in 2014.

Nearly 1000 competing boats are prepped ready for the Isle of Wight regatta Credit: PA Wire

I love it. It's a great sailing obstacle course! It's not just about the racing; you're crossing tides, avoiding ships, missing rocks and keeping clear of everyone else. There's so much to think about and you've never won until you've crossed the finish line. It certainly gets the adrenalin flowing!"

– Eric Williams of Williams Shipping

Cowes Week ends after spectacular races

A tricky moment for a crew during Cowes Week Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

This year's Cowes Week sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight comes to an end today. A thousand boats manned by 7,000 crew members took part. It's one of the world's longest-running sailing regattas. It's a chance for both professional and amateur sailors to compete on the water.

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Police plan for 'safe' Cowes Week

Crews from all over the world take part Credit: Meridian

As one of the world's largest sporting events starts this weekend, policing plans are being put in place to keep crime levels low.

Cowes Week will see thousands of people descend on the Isle of Wight to enjoy the sailing regatta. Officers will be on patrol on land, with the Marine Unit on duty in the Solent.

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