Cowes week (6-13 August) is renowned as one of the most enjoyable hospitality experiences out there. If you haven’t experienced the world’s largest sailing regatta before, make 2011 the year. There’ll be 8,500 competitors from Olympic standard down, in 1,000 different boats, competing in 40 races each day for the week’s duration. Keith Prowse is offering a variety of flexible all-inclusive packages on different styles of boats (from motor cruisers to yachts), departing from Ocean Village and Lymington Marina at 9.30am. You’ll be right in the thick of the racing action, yet have the option of going ashore should you choose. RIBs are also available to hire for short blasts up the Solent, at speeds of up to 50mph. It goes without saying that the food and drink throughout will be first-rate.