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CCW Sailing Instructions Tile 2018The Sailing Instructions for Cowes Classics Week 2018 have now been published and can be downloaded from the Documents area of this website.

You will find the Sailing Instructions along with the other event documents which are updated on a regular basis.

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The Notice of Race for Cowes Classics Week 2018 has been published.  

An amendment to the Notice of Race has been published today 11 July 2018 at 16:40 as follows.

Amendment 1 to the Notice of Race

1 International Jury

Insert NoR 2.10:

An international jury will be constituted under Appendix N and the right of appeal is denied under rule 70.5.

Gill Smith
Principal Race Officer Cowes Classics Week

Mike O'Connor
Chair, International Jury, Cowes Classics Week

Download the official Notice of Race Amendment No.1 from the document downloads page ››

RNLI CCW2018 Lifejacket Clinic TileDid any of you see the article on the BBC News this morning regarding lifejackets failing tests before RTI?

Tony Reeve, the RNLI’s Community Safety Volunteer for Cowes has very kindly offered to arrange a clinic to check Cowes Classics Week competitors lifejackets. When checks were made before the recent Round The Island Race, an overwhelming proportion of lifejackets checked were found to be ineffective so this has to be a very welcome initiative from RNLI Cowes.

The free clinic will be held on Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 July 2018 at Helly Hansen on Cowes High Street between 12:00 and 15:00 each day. If you still need convincing, take a look at the BBC News item which can be viewed here.

tendrr logoThe TENDRR website allows skippers and crew to advertise availability and get in touch with each other. 

Cruising, racing and boat moving are all offered, giving members the flexibility they need to get the most out of their boat. We are planning to expand our network down the south coast to Cornwall and across the channel, offering members even more opportunity to sail to new harbours.

Our vision for TENDRR is to help people sail more, sail further. We want to provide yachtsman with the opportunity to sail wherever they are without the hassle or cost of chartering a boat, by putting ordinary sailors in touch with each other.

As we continue to roll out TENDRR, we have made partnering with yacht clubs an integral part of our approach to recruiting users. We appreciate the important role clubs like yours play in the sailing community. We believe that we can benefit both clubs and their members by helping them sail more together, whether they live next door to the harbour or back in London.

Visit TENDRR at

Red Funnel Youth Tile v1Regatta sponsor Red Funnel are getting behind youth sailing with offers specific to young sailors aged 16-25 wishing to sail at major events, including Cowes Classics Week.

Full details of the great discounts on Red Jet period return travel can be found online at:

Those who book ahead will benefit from a discount of 33% off our regular priced foot passenger fares on departures from Southampton to West Cowes.

  • Standard period returns are just £19.35
  • Off-peak period returns are just £13.95 

The offer is valid for one return journey between 13th July and 15th August 2018. 

A few quick notes:

  • Standard period returns are valid for travel on any day / any time.
  • Off-peak period returns are valid for travel after 18.15hrs Mon-Fri and anytime at weekends.
  • The offers are available online only and must be pre-booked prior to travel.
  • All other pertinent T&C’s and details can be found on the booking page referred to above.

Red Funnel Ferries Logo 200Cowes Classics Week 2018 sponsor Red Funnel has kindly offered to give all competitors a discount on their Red Funnel car and passenger ferries crossing.

Vehicle Offer

Red Funnel have set up a private vehicle return of £80, valid for travel between 18 July and 15 August 2018. The rate will cover cars, and cars towing trailers up to a length of 13m. An additional metre rate per leg of the journey of £10 will apply to vehicles longer than 13m. Any vehicle taller than 2.7m, will also pay a height supplement of £10 per leg of the journey.

20160712classics115Cowes Classics Week Regatta Dates 23 - 27 July 2018.

With little more than a month to go before the start of the 11th Cowes Classics Week, entries in the classic keelboat fleets and cruiser classes are already looking to equal last year’s total including the magnificent 8 Metres. The regatta is on course to attract over 150 yachts, all of whom meet the qualification of being built to designs drawn up before 1968 or in the spirit of tradition. The event looks to be another classic of Classics in a week that will once again provide thrilling Solent race courses and entertainment every evening.

David Gower Chairman Cowes Classics Week 2018Recently elected Commodore of the Royal London Yacht Club David Gower has succeeded Sir Richard Ottaway as Chairman of Cowes Classic Week.

Entries in Cowes Classics Week, which is looking forward to its 11th year in 2018, have grown to almost 200 since 2008.

The regatta offers a different racing and social experience to other Cowes regattas and has rapidly become a favourite in the events calendars of sailors not only from around Great Britain but from as far afield as South Africa and Australia. Many describe Cowes Classics Week as the Goodwood Revival of yachting.

The event is managed by the Royal London Yacht Club with support from the other Cowes Clubs for both on and off the water organisation. Gill Smith, the first ever lady Rear Commodore of the Royal London since its foundation in 1838, is PRO for the second year running.  She is supported by a team of around 80 dedicated volunteers.

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