Looking forward to Cowes Classics Week this July

By Press Release Feb 28, 2024
pic: Visit Isle of Wight

The team behind Cowes Classics Week is busy gearing up for this year’s event, which is set to be more memorable than ever.

The second largest annual regatta in Cowes is uniquely organised by sailors for sailors. Spanning four race courses, and run by more than 90 dedicated volunteers, offering excellent Corinthian racing conditions. Based on valuable feedback, this year a new Pursuit Race for dayboats will take place Monday, July 8, with series races running from Tuesday to Friday morning. Shoreline racing will take place from Monday to Friday, allowing participants the flexibility to race for either the full week or 3½ days.

This year there will be a formal partnership with The Classic Channel Race, part of the prestigious Yacht Club Classique “Five Lights Series”. This collaboration introduces The Classic Cowes-Dartmouth Race, starting Sunday, July 14, from the Royal London YC line, giving yachts the opportunity to prepare for their venture to Dartmouth after Classics Week.

It expected to be a thrilling week with the return of the Solent Sunbeams, Swallows, Darings, Dragons and the introduction of the Rustler 33s, aiming for enough entrants for their own class start. The regatta will now offer the KLR handicap system, alongside the option for yachts to select their preferred system, provided there is class consensus.

Cowes Classics Day, scheduled for Sunday, July 7, promises a festive prelude to the regatta. With more than 50 classic cars and classic motor boats on display, a WWII Motor Gun Boat visit and aerial displays (including a Spitfire), the day is set to be spectacular. There will be activities throughout the day, and participants can look forward to lunch and afternoon tea at the Royal London Clubhouse.

The sailing will be open for entries in early March. More details are available at iow.life/cowesclassic.