We have been broadcasting at Lendy Cowes Week, the World’s premier regatta for over 30 years. Cowes Live, formerly Cowes Radio has grown from it’s beginnings in the ’80s in a small caravan studio on the Parade at Cowes, With the editor of Yachting World magazine at the time, Dick Johnson, reporting on the action with broadcaster Steve Ancsell, from ILR Radio and then budding ITV sailing producer, spinning the tunes and keeping Dick company On-Air.
Many listened, especially the crowds watching the myriads of white and coloured sails; Dick & Steve brought meaning to the flotillas of big, small and all kinds of craft.
The service grew each year to it’s present form, with an award winning team of professional broadcasters with – some might say – too many years behind the microphone, Cowes Live’s broadcasts and technical achievements are the envy of many a permanent radio station.
Nowadays, over 80% audience reach is achieved in Cowes itself – that’s more than 100,000 people – with large numbers tuning in all around the shoresof the Solent from Portsmouth to Lymington doubling that number. The 21st Century brought the Internet and online listening takes Cowes Radio all round the globe, with listeners from all over the world. Our UK listening hours online top 5000 hours every year. During the Week more than a million minutes of listening are downloaded worldwide!
Simon Vigar, who you may know as Channel 5’s Royal Correspondent hosts our commentary today from his privileged position at the western end of the famed platform at the Royal Yacht Squadron . It;s the best spot to see the starts and hear directly from all therace officers about changes, guns and flags at this
hub of the regatta…and then pass all that information on to our loyal listeners.