Cowes (sometimes West Cowes) is a small port town on the north coast of the Isle of Wight with about 10,405 inhabitants, making it the third largest town on the island. Cowes is the ferry port for all connections to the English mainland. Across the Solent to Southampton a high-speed ferry (catamaran). the place is mainly known since 1826 held annually in August sailing regatta Cowes Week with around 20,000 visitors. It was initiated by the renowned Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), which maintains a clubhouse in Cowes Castle. In the large marina of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the biennial aligns the Admiral's Cup with the Fastnet Race in 1957, has a clubhouse. Largest industry is shipbuilding and the sail loft. Beken of Cowes carries up today with yacht photographs to prominence. In East Cowes, an independent town of about 6,000 inhabitants on the opposite bank of the River Medina, Queen Victoria had the summer residence Osborne House. Also in East Cowes also the company headquarters and production company Saunders-Roe, the flying boats was made was. These two cities are connected by a chain ferry.