The Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, has announced new dates for 2021 with the regatta to be held 3–9 July with racing from 5 July.
As previously announced, the original intention was to hold the regatta at the end of July but after reviewing the sailing calendar and seeing a slot available, the team at the Royal London felt that the tides were more favourable for the earlier dates which will have the lowest tidal range of the year. Owners could potentially take part in the Windeler Cup or the Round the Island Race on 3 July and then stay on for a week of competitive racing in the Solent at Cowes Classics Week.
The regatta usually attracts in excess of 140 entries and it is anticipated that even more will enter in 2021. With a full and varied racing programme and a busy social scene, including Cowes Classics Day on Thursday 8 July, it is hoped that many owners and their crew who have not managed to get out on the water this year will be keen to be part of the UK’s largest classic yacht regatta in 2021.
Regatta Chairman, David Gower commented: We believe that bringing Cowes Classics Week forward to the week immediately following the Round the Island Race will have benefits to both events. Before finally deciding the change we took counsel from as many Class Captains as we could and found enthusiastic support. Following the disappointments of the 2020 season we are determined to make 2021 an even better regatta.
The 2022 event will be 25 June to 1 July.