Cowes is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank. The two towns are linked by the Cowes Floating Bridge , a chain ferry . The population was 9,663 in the 2001 census, which doubled during the regatta in early August.
East is the direction toward which the Earth rotates about its axis, and therefore the general direction from which the Sun appears to rise. The practice of praying towards the East is older than Christianity , but has been adopted by this religion as the Orient was thought of as containing mankind's original home.