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  Painting of East Cowes Castle
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  • Painting of  East Cowes Castle - Isle of Wight
      Painting of East Cowes Castle
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  • Old postcard of Norris Castle East Cowes - Isle of Wight
      Old postcard of Norris Castle East Cowes
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Cowes Castle

Cowes Castle, on the other hand, has a long and distinctive history involved in yachting, being the home of the Royal Yacht Squadron. It was from Cowes Castle that the original America's Cup in 1851 started. Only once did it fire its guns in anger: during the English Civil War in 1642. The canon now begins the races that take place there, including the Admiral's Cup and the Round-the-Island Yacht Race. In 1650, Sir William D'Avenant was held in Cowes Castle. He was the godson of William Shakespeare and was Poet Laureate after Ben Jonson, and rumours at the time suggested that he was Shakespeare's son, .

There are three ways to enter the Royal Yacht Squadron's headquarters:

1. Be royalty.
2. Be a multi-millionaire who owns several yachts and knows how to sail them.
3. Be able to sail to the local standard.

However, the local standard not only includes Ellen MacArthur MBE, but Cowes also hosts several Olympic Gold Medalists (won in the Sydney Olympics) and the America's Cup GBR Challenge team...

The painting in the picture is
East Cowes Castle, the seat of J.Nash Esq.
by William Westall
Published by R.Ackermann in "Repository of Arts" in May, 1826.

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  • Updated Jun 3, 2006
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