Cowes Preview: Celebrating the old and new at the world’s most famous regatta

AS WE weigh anchor to begin another Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, we are looking forward to a fabulous week of competitive sailing.

And as we move into the third year of our sponsorship, we are delighted by just how much the event continues to grow.

For 2013 we have introduced an activity for spectators and competitors alike: a daily photography competition to highlight the stunning images of Cowes Week taken by the tens of thousands who will attend.

Speaking of new, our new brand identity will be in striking evidence at Cowes. We hope all enjoy this historic and unique regatta.

Martin Gilbert is chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management.

OLYMPIC SAILOR SHIRLEY ROBERTSON’S COWES TIPS

Best place to watch the action
Watch starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron and finishes on the green just to the west

Best spot for a post-race drink
For indoors try the Pier View pub, or for outside go to the Spinnaker Bar on the parade, where they have live music

Best way to escape the crowds
Head to Gurnard and go for a swim, have dinner at the Little Gloster, or take a walk around Northwood Gardens