Cowes Classics Week is back once again in July 2018, organised by the Royal London Yacht Club volunteers and assisted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Royal Tahames YC, Cowes Corinthian YC, Royal Victoria YC and the Island SC.
Celebrating its 11th anniversary, Cowes Classics Week is expecting up to 160 yachts to attend the event for some spectacular Solent racing. The Royal London Yacht Club will be welcoming the many classic classes, some of which have competed since 2008 and others which have joined in along the way as the first decade has seen the event grow into one of the most iconic on the yachting calendar.
Classics including a number of 6 metres while a strong showing of Darings, Solent Sunbeams and Swallows and Bembridge One Designs will all be attending the five day event (or four for some classes) which starts at Cowes on Saturday 21 July. In addition, the XOD class, which regularly musters over 50 entries, is expected to be the largest fleet once again and the Vintage Dragon class, which made its first appearance last year, looks to be increasing in numbers.
Handicap fleets will include Old Gaffers, SCODs, Twisters, Vintage Swans and a historic assortment of other yachts whose design pedigrees date back to 1975 or before. A handful, incredibly, were built in the nineteenth century and are still racing regularly. Several majestic 8 metres are also indicating that they will take part. In addition the Seaview Mermaids and National Squibs will be appearing for one day each during the event. Spirit of Tradition yachts, more recently introduced but providing they are to a classic design, such as the Rustler and Tofinou, also compete in their own class.
Two races a day, or three if weather necessitates, on committee boat windward-leeward and round the can courses, will satisfy the keenly competitive spirit of the one design classes, while handicap classes and larger yachts will sail over round-the-cans mid-Solent courses. Finish lines at the end of each day will be on or near the Club’s shore line so it’s quick and easy to get ashore. Take a look at the Notice of Race available from our document download page.
A full social calendar of after-racing activity, including the legendary daily afternoon tea and cakes at the Clubhouse, adds to the fun and social atmosphere of the week. During the first ten years of the event the Royal London has built up an enviable reputation for international level race management, good courses and fast results, no mean feat considering that racing is underway each day on five separate race courses.
Cowes Classics Week is grateful to the lead sponsors Charles Stanley Direct, Red Funnel and Winkworth along with supporting sponsors Classic Boat Magazine, Cowes Harbour Commission and Kendalls Fine Art.
This year’s chosen charity for the event is The Jubilee Sailing Trust, an international charity headquartered in the UK that has welcomed nearly 50,000 deserving people aboard their two tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious. As an added incentive to support the charity, all those who donate through this website will be entered into a draw for a faulous magnum of champagne donated by David Gower, the Regatta Chair.