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Boats can be launched from the mainland and sailed to the island, or trailed to the Isle of Wight (see Getting to Cowes for ferry options) and launched in Cowes.

We have four recommended mainland boatyards that are fully conversant with metre and classic keelboats and can, if needed, provide towing facilities. The yards are within 5 nm of sheltered sailing to Cowes.

We have also provided details of the two major launch facilities in West Cowes, although other smaller facilities are available, including self-launch options.


The Elephant Boatyard

Mainland - Launch and sail to Cowes

Named after the “Elephant”, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1786 which was built in Bursledon, this yard is on the site of the old shipyards of Bursledon oon the Hamble river, and just 5 minutes from Junction 8 of the M27. A number of local metre and classic boats are kept at the yard.

      • Tel: 02380 403 268
      • Web: www.elephantboatyard.co.uk
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      • Postcode: SO31 8DN

Hamble Point Marina

Mainland - Launch and sail to Cowes

A major, modern, full-service marina facility at the mouth of the River Hamble, with easy access to the Solent.

    • Tel: 02380 452 464
    • Web: www.mdlmarinas.co.uk
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    • Postcode: SO31 4NB

Hamble Yacht Services

Mainland - Launch and sail to Cowes

A well established full service yacht repair and refit facility within Port Hamble Marina, with travel hoists and cranes.

    • Tel: 02380 454 111
    • Web: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk
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    • Postcode: SO31 4NN

Universal Marina

Mainland - Launch and sail to Cowes

Also on the Hamble, the yard has a dedicated “Metre Shed” with a team of enthusiasts where there have been many restorations of 6mR and 8mR boats.

    • Tel: 01489 574 272
    • Web: www.universalmarina.co.uk
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    • Postcode: SO31 7ZN

Cowes Yacht Haven

Cowes - Trail your boat by ferry to the island; see Getting to Cowes

Cowes Yacht Haven is at the heart of the sailing world in Cowes. Lift facilities comprise an onsite travel lift with a maximum of 30 tonnes, and an on-site mobile crane for 12 tonnes.

    • Tel: 01983 299 975
    • Web: www.cowesyachthaven.com
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    • Postcode: PO31 7BD

Shepards Wharf Marina

Cowes - Trail your boat by ferry to the island; see Getting to Cowes.

Shepards Wharf is a small welcoming marina which prides itself in delivering a friendly welcome and excellent customer service. Shepards Wharf provides the official marina berthing for Cowes Classics Week. The facilities include a 6 tonne crane.

    • Tel: 01983 297 821
    • Web: www.shepardswharfmarina.co.uk
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    • Postcode: PO31 7HT
COWES CLASSICS WEEK SPONSORS

It is only with the generous support of Charles Stanley Direct as lead sponsor that we can offer such a high standard of racing. We are also deeply grateful to our other loyal sponsors for their generous commitments.

Classic Boat Magazine
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Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
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