Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes
Founded in 1826, Skandia Cowes Week has become the largest and most prestigious sailing regatta in the World. Some 1,000 boats, in 32 classes, now race in this, the world’s greatest sailing regatta.
In 2007 & 2008 the Laser SB3 Class, in association with Volkswagen Touareg and with the support of Cowes Combined Clubs and Skandia Cowes Week, created a very special invitation only event to find the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week.
The winners of each of the most competitive classes at Skandia Cowes Week 2006 was invited to compete for the title ‘Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes’ and the class winners came together racing identical one design Laser SB3’s off Cowes in a one-day, three race regatta where skill on the water rather than performance enhancing features, advantageous ratings or financial investment were tested to decide the winner.
After a stunning day of racing in perfect Solent conditions Alister Richardson of the Extreme 40 Class claimed the first Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes crown and drove away with the top prize of a brand new Volkswagen Touareg.
Following the success of the inaugural event LaserPerformance (Europe) Ltd and Volkswagen were delighted to see the return of the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week in 2008.
Following five fabulous years of VW's sponsorship of the Laser SB3 class, which climaxed with the 2007 and 2008 King of Cowes Championships at Skandia Cowes Week the sponsorship contract was not renewed for the 2009 season. It is hoped that the King of Cowes will return to Cowes Week in the future when a new sponsor is secured for this spectacular event.