Prince Philip’s Flying Fifteen Coweslip to return to Island for Uffa Fox event

Famous Flying Fifteen Coweslip is returning to Cowes for the Uffa Fox festival, UF50, this weekend.
Famous Flying Fifteen Coweslip is returning to Cowes for the Uffa Fox festival, UF50, this weekend.

A VERY special Flying Fifteen is returning to her home at Cowes on the Isle of Wight this weekend, for the Uffa Fox regatta (UF50).

In her heyday, Coweslip was probably one of the most photographed boats in the world, though good-looking as she is, it was her skipper who was the centre of attention.

Scroll through the gallery of pictures above to see more…

Coweslip, was owned by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and was sailed regularly at Cowes Week by the prince and Uffa Fox.

Coweslip is to return to her original home, Commodores House on the Cowes waterfront, for a few days during the Uffa Fox 50 Celebration regatta, from Thursday until Sunday (August 18-21).

Isle of Wight County Press: Note Coweslip's sleek lines. Here she is pictured at the Classic Boat Museum, Isle of Wight, in 2016.
Isle of Wight County Press: Note Coweslip’s sleek lines. Here she is pictured at the Classic Boat Museum, Isle of Wight, in 2016.

Note Coweslip’s sleek lines. Here she is pictured at the Classic Boat Museum, Isle of Wight, in 2016.

The UF50 regatta is being organised by the Royal London Yacht Club.

Coweslip is being lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

The loan has been arranged with the Classic Boat Museum and the current owner of Commodores House, John Terry, who is making the dock available.

Coweslip is Flying Fifteen number 192, and was a wedding present from the people of Cowes to the then Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

Flying Fifteens are one of Uffa’s most enduring and internationally sailed designs, with more than 4,000 having been built, and new boats being launched every year.

Coweslip was first sailed by her royal owner in the Grand Harbour, Malta, following her delivery there in December 1949 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Glory.

Prince Philip was stationed with the Royal Navy at Malta between 1949 and 1951. Coweslip subsequently sailed regularly in Cowes Week from 1951.

Coweslip was also used frequently when both Prince Charles and Princess Anne were growing up and learning to sail, during holidays in Scotland as well as in The Solent.

With her bulb keel being simple to detach, at 20 ft. Coweslip was just small enough to be transported on the roof of Uffa’s big Packard car, and Uffa took her to several regattas around the coast to race her successfully on Prince Philip’s behalf.

  • To find out more about the regatta this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, see: uf50.org.

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