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27 April 2004, 03:49 pm
Royal Opening For Regatta Centre
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Cowes Week
Cowes, IOW

Skandia's organising body, Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC), has moved into its new purpose-built Regatta Centre in Bath Road, Cowes and the Official Opening Ceremony has been brought forward from August to 19 May.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will unveil a commemorative plaque in a ceremony that is being planned to allow the people of Cowes and as many guests as possible to watch. The Regatta Centre team is operating from a modern suite of spacious and relaxed air-conditioned offices and the new building provides Cowes with a purpose-built Regatta Centre facility as well as a superb venue for competitors.

The 2004 Regatta marks the Tenth Anniversary of Skandia's title sponsorship of one of the the most famous sailing regattas in the World whilst also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Event's organising body, Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC).

The overall ambience of Skandia Cowes Week 2004 will be enhanced by the Parade Village. With a revised site layout that will provide a fabulous atmosphere, and with the popular and highly topical Sail for Gold bar on site, it is anticipated that this area will help cater to the enormous public turnout that Skandia Cowes Week enjoys and will also relieve some of the pressure of numbers within Cowes Yacht Haven. However, Steve COLE at Cowes Yacht Haven says there are plans for a much improved line up of bands there as well. After a couple of years of experimentation, CCC is also planning to hold the overall prizegiving on the stage in the Parade Village. This will make it even more accessible as well as making late results easier to cope with from an administration viewpoint.

An increased schedule of eight crossings will operate daily from Lymington, starting at 0715, and eight will depart from Cowes with the last sailing back to the mainland scheduled at one minute after midnight, allowing customers who want to stay on for balls and other social events during the evening to get back to the mainland afterwards. Return fares are priced at £13.50 for adults and £6.50 for children aged 5-15 and are valid for travel out and back during any day of Skandia Cowes Week. In addition, for every adult ticket sold for the Lymington-Cowes FastCat service, Wightlink will donate 50p to the official charity of Skandia Cowes Week, Sail 4 Cancer.

The event website at the address below provides practical information and the latest news to help you get the best out of the Event.
Peta Stuart-Hunt
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