Classes and course setters gear up for Cowes Classics Week
In just over three weeks some of the prettiest boats and most enduring designs will be battling it out on Solent Waters in the 12th Cowes Classics Week for one of the season’s most prestigious prizes, the Charles Stanley 1792 Trophy.
The 225-year-old cup will be carried off by the overall winner from some 13 classes which will be gathering for the opener of five race days at Cowes, when the event gets going on 29 July. With Red Funnel as Signature Sponsor and live coverage from on the water courtesy of Cowes Radio 87.7fm the event promises to be a real summer spectacle.
Keelboats include Squibs, Bembridge One Designs, XODs, Darings, Dragons, Swallows, Metre yachts and more, all defined by their classic designs which have to date no later than 1979 to qualify to take part. Yet their age, many from the turn of last century, does nothing to detract from the fierce competition in highly optimised boats around four separate laid mark committee boat courses. Many are close and cohesive classes, racing year-round while continuing to develop their classes.