An early morning stroll around Cowes
This was supposed to be a “Random Photo Friday” post, but as all the photos are linked to Cowes, then here they are as a ‘proper’ post.
Cowes is the home of yacht racing with the oldest yacht club in the world; the Royal Yacht Squadron, and the longest running regatta; Cowes Week in August. Unfortunately outside of Cowes Week not much else happens (apart from a powerboat festival, literary festival and food festival), especially at 8am in the morning when I went for a walk about. Cowes has a lot of the Islands engineering history attached to it, with boat building and engineering along the River Medina. A lot of heavy engineering is no longer around, making way to smaller light industry building leisure and racing boats. However Red Funnel decided to build their new Red Jet passenger boat in the old Saunders-Roe factory at East Cowes, giving a much needed boost to the Islands engineering workforce. The old Saunders Roe factory has seen the building of the first Hovercraft, the SR-N1, flying boats, helicopters and even spacecraft as part of the Islands contribution to Britain’s’ space program, so I personally feel it’s a good thing to have something being built in there once again.
The remnants of the Islands industrial past interests me a lot and that I hope to look into more in the future.