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Daring DauntlessDauntless, sailed by Richard Acland and his crew, was almost untouchable in the 14-strong Daring Class which finished competing at Cowes Classics Week today. Five first places and a throwaway third ensured victory at the top of the leaderboard of the 143 yachts which took part in the 12th edition of the event this week.

Richard was guest helm on Dauntless carrying away the historic 1792 Cup. “I couldn’t have done this without our brilliant crew,” he said, which included co-owner Jane Peckham. “The boat was very well prepared. Getting clean starts seemed to give us the advantages that got us away from such a tight competitive fleet.”

The Daring Class was just one of six keelboat classes competing on the Royal London Yacht Club’s committee boat race areas along with the National Swallows, Solent Sunbeams, Dragons and Flying Fifteens, Bembridge One Designs and X One Designs.

RLYC CakesSituation as of 09:40 this morning Friday 2 August 2019.

Circuits 1-4 (Committee Boats); AP over AP is removed for all circuits and competitors should go afloat.

Shoreline circuit 5; N over A is displayed.



 TJP2369All classes in the 12th Cowes Classics Week fleet had to kick their heels this morning on the Cowes waterfront as they, along with the Race Officers of the Royal London Yacht Club, waited for breeze to fill in from the west.

Enough wind finally arrived at lunch time for Cruiser classes including classes 1,2 and 3 to get away on a short race from the Club’s shoreline start. The yachts made quick work of reaching the first windward mark on the ebb tide but once round, the breeze died once again, and progress against the tide was slow as the yachts hugged the beach along the Green of West Cowes - much to the delight of the spectators on the beach.

Richard Hargreaves’ elegant 30 sq metre Aeolus led the way along the beach, pursued by Lawrence Wride’s 1967 One Tonner SunMaid V, last year’s Cowes Classics Week champion. As the yachts headed north and found a little more breeze Sunmaid V was able to pull ahead and finish once again in first place, after the course was shortened, keeping her a point ahead of Aeolus after five races.

 TJP8984 2537Tim Jeffreys is out and about on a RIB capturing moments of classic sailing and you can see his pics of each day in our online gallery here.




RLYC CakesRacing has been postponed today Thursday 1 August 2019.

However the Commodore has commanded that there will be Coffee, Pastries, Tea and Cakes served at RLYC from 11:00 whilst we wait for the breeze.


BBC Radio Solent LogoCowes Classics Week made the morning news this morning on BBC Radio Solent after the BBC’s H2O presenter visited Cowes on Monday and interviewed winners, volunteers and sailing legends.

Listen to the full Podcast here. It’s available forever! .

Swallows enjoy boisterous downwind sailingCowes, UK. 31st July 2019 - A cracking stiff breeze opened the third day of Cowes Classics Week with welcomed starts for the one design and cruiser classes after yesterday’s gale-enforced postponement. Wind over tide with gusts building up to 28 knots in parts of the race area by lunchtime characterised the challenges of the day.

One group which managed to find relatively peaceful conditions away from the bumpy mid-Solent was the committee boat race area for the Swallows, Vintage Dragons, Flying Fifteens and Bembridge One Designs, sponsored by Robert Oatley Wines. Even so the race team’s course setter Matt Cowan explains “We had around 12 knots of breeze at the committee boat and just under a mile up the race course to the west it was blowing more like 20 knots.

Like all the entries in Cowes Classics Week each of these classes boast a classic heritage with the 15 strong Swallow class originating as a two-man Olympic class for the 1948 Olympics but now sailed with three crew. The class has developed into a thoroughly modern classic as demonstrated by the competition on the water. Mike Wigmore in Gwaihir showed that he was coming back to defend his previous 2017 and 2018 titles when he added todays’ three races to his first position of Monday to keep him ahead. Harry Roome in Skua was today’s scratch boat, with two wins but a no-show for the final race.

CCW 2019 Racing Docs Square TileAll the essential racing documents and charts etc. are available from the website download page here.

Or they can be found using the following direct links:





31 July 2019 Sailing Instructions Cowes Classics Week 2019 - AMENDMENT No.2
Updates Race Circuit 5 Classic Folkboat class penalty system.
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31 July 2019 Divisional split for the shoreline circuit (Version 3) Download PDF
28 July 2019 Sailing Instructions Cowes Classics Week 2019 - AMENDMENT No.1
Updates Race Circuit 5 Classic Yacht (including Spirit of Tradition), Folkboat classes & Old Gaffers start sequence times.
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26 July 2019 Final schedule of racing for committee boat circuits Download PDF
26 July 2019 Laid courses plus central solent racing chart with two digit identifiers Download PDF
26 July 2019 Solent Charts - Central, west and east solent racing charts with identifiers and mark coordinates Download PDF
26 July 2019 Trapezoidal Course Diagrams Download PDF
21 July 2019 Sailing Instructions Cowes Classics Week 2019 Download PDF
7 March 2019 Notice of Race Cowes Classics Week 2019
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17 May 2019 Cowes Harbour Day Class Swinging Mooring Booking Form for 2019 regatta
(See also our berthing/mooring information page).
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13 May 2019 Shephards Marina Booking Form for 2019 regatta
(See also our berthing/mooring information page).
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Wooden MastFollowing the 08:00 meeting with PRO we are happy to announce that racing will go ahead as scheduled today Wednesday 31 July 2019

Darings on mooringsWith gusts of 40 knots in the central Solent predicted for today, and strong winds already kicking in, the second day of Cowes Classics Week is cancelled. It is hoped to resume racing tomorrow. Todays’ weather is in marked contrast to yesterday’s perfect conditions.

The hundreds of competitors competing in the 143 strong fleet will still be able to enjoy the Winkworth sponsored tea and cake in the afternoon at the Royal London Yacht Club, and a drinks reception at the Classic Boat museum.

Racing finishes on 2nd August 2019.

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No Racing Today P1120160There will be no racing today.

AP/A is displayed on the flagstaff for all circuits.

Additional races may be sailed on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.


Gill Smith

Principal Race Officer

CCW 2019 Day One Press ReleaseSailing conditions could not have been better for the opener of the five day series of the 12th Cowes Classics Week today.

Fittingly, from amongst the 143 yachts taking part, Lawrence Wride’s 1967-built one tonner Sunmaid V was the first yacht to get away at the opening gun of the day, when she led Class One, setting the pace once again after her overall win in last year’s event. Sunmaid V, back to defend the historic 1792 Cup, went on to win in class when she beat Stephen Brookson’s S&S Swan Kiswala into second place over a mid-Solent course.

A southerly breeze gave the race committee the challenge of setting a fair course for Class 1, along with Classes 2 and 3, the Gaffers and Folkboats, since they were all coming off the organising Royal London Yacht Club’s shoreline with no chance of a first beat from the north facing shore. But Derek Hodd’s race team managed to pull it off, giving short legs and plenty of mark roundings to each of the fleets, much to the appreciation of the competitors.

“It was a superb course,” commented Barry Dunning, who was representing owner Bob Fisher on his pretty little 123 year old Solent One Design Rosenn, adding “There were a lot of changeable conditions and wind shifts, including a change of course for us in the Gaffer class, which kept us all on our toes.”

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