- 02 August 2019
Cowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts are all welcome to sail varied courses set in the Solent with free high teas, great value parties and suppers at different club venues.
The Cowes Classics Week is very much Corinthian in spirit, with all competitors delighting in showing off their photogenic boats whether to race hard in a competitive fleet, or to enjoy the sheer pleasure of “sailing around a race course” in the company of other beautiful classic yachts.
Unless requested by a Class, metre and dayboat racing for the Regatta trophies is an 8 race series from Tuesday to Friday, two/three races per day from 1030, with a variety of windward/leeward and “round the cans” racing from Committee Boats in the Central Solent, with a warm-up/practice/fun race on the Monday.
The Regatta is intended for all metre boats, classic racing keelboats and one designs with a design date earlier than 1965, including, but not restricted to: 12mR, 6mR, Daring, International Dragon, Flying Fifteen, Folkboat, Bembridge, Loch Long, Royal Burnham & X One Designs, Bembridge Redwing, Sea Bird, Seaview Mermaid, Solent Sunbeam, Swallow, Star, Squib, Tempest & Victory
A full social programme provides a broad range of occasions for competitors to mix with like-minded people ashore, with tea & home-made cake after racing each day, Sponsor’s Receptions and evening functions at the major Clubs on the Island, a Regatta Dinner, and a trophy/prize giving. In addition, crews will compete for the Maiden Trophy for the most successful new helm at the Regatta, and may apply for consideration for the Ratsey & Lapthorn Traveller’s Trophy.
The Overall Winner of Cowes Classics Week receives the “1792 Cup”, a goblet dating from 1792 the year that Charles Stanley was founded.
Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club
Supported by the Royal Ocean Racing Club incorporating RCYC, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club.
For more information, please visit the official Cowes Classic Week website.