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Cowers Week, held from Jul 29-Aug 5, will see the first edition of the new mini-series Sevenstar Triple Crown. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will be using the Triple Crown Around the Island Race as the first part of the race’s mandatory Leg 0. It will be the first time that the Volvo Ocean 65 fleet line up in ‘race mode’ ahead of the start of the 2017-18 edition from Alicante, Spain on 22 October.
A series of three races for Triple Crown will take place on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Cowes Week and will start and finish from the Royal Yacht Squadron. Each race will be approximately 50nm long, and the series will include a Solent Eastern Approaches course, a Solent Western Approaches course and an Around the Island Race, with the opportunity for boats to mount record-breaking circumnavigation attempts.
Between 800 and 1,000 keelboats, ranging from high-tech racing machines to classic day boats, will be split into up to 40 classes which race on each of the eight days. The race expects up to 8,000 sailors racing every day as well as over 100,000 visitors who come to Cowes to watch the sailing.
Andrew Simpson Foundation was named as the official charity for the race