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We are deeply grateful to to all our supporters with special thanks to signature sponsor Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight Specialist

Our loyal sponsors make this world class event possible

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No other event in the world offers such a wide-ranging gathering of racing classics, from keelboats to dayboats and cruisers.

The greatest classics event?

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Racing at Cowes Classics Week is rich in the camaraderie and corinthian values that underpin our great sport.

Corinthian yacht racing at its best

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From jazz to high teas to suppers, you'll enjoy roaring good fun in like-minded company with daily drinks receptions free to racers.

Great socials hosted by the supporting yacht clubs

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The high quality of racing has made Cowes Classics Week the largest Classic Yacht Regatta in the world

Now firmly established after 12 years of growth

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Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club with the help of the leading local clubs, Cowes Classics Week is run by sailors for sailors.

Run by club volunteers for the sailors

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Cowes Classics Week 2020 with Signature Sponsor Red Funnel.
The 13th edition of Cowes Classics Week runs from Saturday 25 to Friday 31 July 2020, with racing from Monday 27 July onwards.

PLAY The Cowes Classics Week VideoCowes 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, Spirit of Tradition Yachts and Classic Schooners, are all welcome to sail varied courses set in the Solent with free high teas, great value parties and suppers at different club venues. There are daily prize giving events, all with free tea and cake plus a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the sailing.

Cowes Classics Week Video - Take a look at our video showcasing this amazing regatta.


'The' Classics Regatta

'The' Classics Regatta

Cowes Classics Week is arguably the worlds' greatest classic yachting regatta.

Fabulous Socials

Fabulous Socials

Great socials at different yacht clubs throughout the week, with many free.

Enter Online

Enter Online

Online entry and social tickets will be available in early 2020



The KLR System is used at Cowes Classics for cruiser and dayboat handicap fleets

Regatta News Service

Regatta News Service

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Event Charity

Event Charity

Each year we raise funds for a relevant charity and in 2019 this was the NCI.

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We are hoping that Cowes Classics Week competitors will support the event charity by including a minimum of £20 as a donation with their regatta entry, and those who donate through this website will be entered into a draw for a Magnum of Champagne kindly donated by David Gower, Regatta Chairman. It's really easy to help the charity; simply follow this link and select 'Charitable Donation to The Jubilee Sailing Trust and Champagne Draw'

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) was founded in 1978 and is an international charity headquartered in the UK. Since 1978 they have welcomed nearly 50,000 people aboard their two tall ships.

Their impressive and unique, custom-built tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious have been specifically designed so everyone, regardless of ability or experience, can play a full and active role as a member of the voyage crew. Their mission is to:

  • Welcome the most marginalised in society either by disability or disadvantage, and give them the opportunity to be valued and make a meaning contribution alongside those who are more fortunate
  • Build relationships, empathy and understanding across communities through the power of shared activity and experience
  • Act as a flagship for social inclusion, showcasing the power of diverse teams and to demonstrate what is humanly possible
  • Strengthen individuals, their life skills, outlook and capabilities, through a lif changing adventure at sea

JSC Lord Nelson 02The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s relationship with the Isle of Wight dates back to its earliest beginnings with our barque Lord Nelson, the world’s first accessible tall ship, being completed in Cole’s Shipyard, West Cowes, in 1986. Today we work closely with a network of charitable partners across the Island with whom we source new beneficiaries. These include UKSA, IOW Sea Cadets and Headway (IOW) .

The JST use the medium of traditional tall ship sailing to promote diversity, integration and inclusion across our unique beneficiaries whilst maintaining traditional sailing techniques, methods and routines. Everyone works together, there are no passengers.

"There were too many highlights to list but I can say with complete conviction that the aims of the trust were met entirely. To witness disabled people doing everything that able bodied people did and the care and patience demonstrated by the crew was truely inspiring"

(Alan - JST Voyage Crew)

In recognition of its work, the JST has been accredited by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It has also enjoyed 32 years of patronage from HRH, The Duke of York KG, who has provided outstanding support.

Find out more about the trust at

Thank you for your support!


Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club with the help of leading local clubs, Cowes Classics Week is run by sailors for sailors.

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Royal London Yacht Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club Burgee


Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Thames Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Thames Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club Burgee


Cowes Corinthian YC

Island Sailing Club Burgee


Island Sailing Club