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Cowes Classics Week News

XOD Fleet Start TJP1621The Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, has taken the sad decision to reschedule this year’s regatta and plan immediately for 2021.

The safety of competitors, plus the large volunteer team who help organise the regatta, is paramount and, with social distancing still very much in force, the organisers felt they could not continue with their plans to host the regatta in July. Cowes Classics Week, which attracts in excess of 140 entries, is not just about the racing.

The wide range of social events bring together all the crews throughout the week and help make the regatta such a success, but with the current restrictions this would not have been possible so the decision had to be taken to cancel rather than try and run a reduced regatta.

CSS HL MavTechPolo NavyThe Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, is delighted to announce a partnership with new sponsors, marine clothing brand Henri-Lloyd, who is joining the regatta as Regatta Clothing Partner and Crew Kit of Cowes as Clothing Branding Partner.

Together Henri-Lloyd and Crew Kit have created a stunning Regatta Collection for competitors and supporters, full details and how to order are here on the regatta website. Henri-Lloyd will also be sponsoring a trophy plus donating a prize of an M-Course jacket for the winner.

Ross Partridge, Performance Sales Partner at Henri-Lloyd said: “Henri-Lloyd are delighted to be partnering with Cowes Classics Week, it is a staple in the regatta calendar and we are excited to be able to offer the official merchandise to the competing sailors, spectators and visitors to Cowes. We wish all the teams the very best luck out on the water.

A new decade sees a new start for Henri-Lloyd, back with our latest line of innovative sailing clothing, pushing the boundaries to create highly technical pieces that will suit on and off the water activities. Building on our rich heritage of pioneering spirit, the new collection celebrates functionality, minimalism & authenticity.

Sunmaid V waiting for the startThe Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, is delighted to announce that entry for the 13th edition of the 2020 regatta is now open. The regatta is scheduled to take place from Saturday 25 to Friday 31 July with racing from Monday 27 July and the Notice of Race is now available to download from the website.

The regatta is hoping to attract a wide range of classic yachts, from Metre Boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, to Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition yachts. In the Dayboat classes, the XOD Class, which regularly attracts over 50 entries, is expected to be the largest fleet once again and the numbers are expected to increase in the Vintage Dragon class.

New for this year, Thursday 30th July is Cowes Classics Day and will include a display of over 50 classic cars on the Parade together with exhibits from the Cowes Classic Boat Museum and classic power boats on the London Landing and RYS Yacht Haven.

Regatta Chairman, David Gower commented:

“At the time of writing, the RLYC intend to run the regatta as planned from 25th to 31st July 2020. However, the well-being of our staff, volunteers and competitors is paramount, so we will be closely monitoring the situation and if required, will cancel the regatta.

In the event that we do cancel the event all entry fees and social event costs will be refunded in FULL. For the avoidance of doubt we will not postpone the event. If we are unable to continue on 25th July the next regatta will be 2021.” 

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Throughout the winter we have been planning an even more exciting format for Cowes Classics Week for 2020.

New for this year, Thursday 30th July is Cowes Classics Day and will include a display of over 50 classic cars on the Parade together with exhibits from the Cowes Classic Boat Museum and classic power boats on the London Landing and RYS Yacht Haven. The evening entertainment features an even bigger reception at the RYS Pavilion with dinner options at the RLYC, Northwood House and the Sir Max Aitken Museum at the Prospect.

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Henri-Lloyd who will be the Official Regatta Clothing Partner to Cowes Classics Week. We are working closely with Henri-Lloyd and our Branding Partner, Crew Kit to create an Official Race Collection and more information on the Collection will be available soon.

Alas, we are now navigating new challenges as we all work together to defeat the CoVID 19 virus. The well-being of our staff, volunteers and competitors is paramount, but at the time of writing we are hopeful that we will be able to run the regatta as planned from 25th to 31st July 2020.

The Notice of Race and most other information is now available on the website www.cowesclassicsweek.org and entries are open. We have extended the Early Bird Discount date to 15th June.

In the event that we have to cancel the event, all entry fees and social event costs will be refunded in FULL. It is possible that courses and events will have to be reconsidered so it would help us understand the requirements if entries were made as soon as possible so that we can calculate likely demand.

For the avoidance of doubt we will not postpone the event. If we are unable to continue on 25th July the next regatta will be 2021.

We hope to welcome you to Glorious Cowes for what may well be the first regatta of 2020. Please indicate your support by entering now.

In the meantime keep well and stay safe.

Gower Sig

David N Gower
Regatta Chairman

 

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The Notice of Race for Cowes Classics Week 2020 has now been published.  

With the publication of the Notice of Race on 14 April, online entries to the 2020 regatta are now being accepted.

Please note that the social programe is still being worked on and we will email everyone once the 'hottest' tickets in Cowes become available for purchase through this website.

Collect the Notice of Race from the downloads page ››

 

 

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