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We are deeply grateful to to all our supporters with special thanks to signature sponsor Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight Specialist

Our loyal sponsors make this world class event possible

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No other event in the world offers such a wide-ranging gathering of racing classics, from keelboats to dayboats and cruisers.

The greatest classics event?

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Racing at Cowes Classics Week is rich in the camaraderie and corinthian values that underpin our great sport.

Corinthian yacht racing at its best

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From jazz to high teas to suppers, you'll enjoy roaring good fun in like-minded company with daily drinks receptions free to racers.

Great socials hosted by the supporting yacht clubs

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The high quality of racing has made Cowes Classics Week the largest Classic Yacht Regatta in the world

Now firmly established after 12 years of growth

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Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club with the help of the leading local clubs, Cowes Classics Week is run by sailors for sailors.

Run by club volunteers for the sailors

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Cowes Classics Week 2020 with Signature Sponsor Red Funnel.
The 13th edition of Cowes Classics Week runs from Saturday 25 to Friday 31 July 2020, with racing from Monday 27 July onwards.

PLAY The Cowes Classics Week VideoCowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers, Spirit of Tradition Yachts and Classic Schooners, are all welcome to sail varied courses set in the Solent with free high teas, great value parties and suppers at different club venues. There are daily prize giving events, all with free tea and cake plus a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the sailing.

Cowes Classics Week Video - Take a look at our video showcasing this amazing regatta.

 

'The' Classics Regatta

'The' Classics Regatta

Cowes Classics Week is arguably the worlds' greatest classic yachting regatta.

Fabulous Socials

Fabulous Socials

Great socials at different yacht clubs throughout the week, with many free.

Enter Online

Enter Online

Online entry and social tickets will be available in early 2020

Handicapping

Handicapping

The KLR System is used at Cowes Classics for cruiser and dayboat handicap fleets

Regatta News Service

Regatta News Service

To receive all the latest regatta news by email you need to register.

Event Charity

Event Charity

Each year we raise funds for a relevant charity and in 2019 this was the NCI.

CCW 17RT2038The social events at Cowes Classics Week are an integral part of the week, much enjoyed by competitors, who are able to spend quality time in the company of like-minded sailors and classic boat enthusiasts. The full programe can be found further down this page.

Free Tea & Cake

Winkworth Estate Agents will again be providing tea and delicious homemade cake for all competitors after racing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. These refreshments are served at the Royal London, when the bar is also open (competitors are issued with wrist bands which are effectively your entry ticket to these events).

Free Prize Giving Receptions

Regatta entries include a number of tickets to the following receptions (competitors are issued with wrist bands which are effectively your entry ticket to these events). We are deeply indebted to our sponsors who make it possible for us to lay on these free receptions.

Suppers & Dinners

As usual, we shall visit a number of yacht clubs during the week, including a Hog Roast and dancing at Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, club supper at Royal London Yacht Club, drinks reception at the Classic Boat Museum including a planned classic car display, the 'triple decker' buffet, BBQ or carvery at the Island Sailing Club and of course the main regatta dinner at the Royal London Yacht Club. 

Early booking discount, Refunds and Exchanges

A discount of 10% is available on all social events booked before midnight on Friday 26 July 2019, so don’t leave it to the last minute. After that date, the social ticket sales and enquiries will move from the website to the RLYC office - please note that we shall not directly make refunds on social tickets purchased but no longer required, but will set up an exchange system for competitors during the regatta.

Dress Code

We have indicated the appropriate dress code for the various events listed below with the following interpretations;

  • Reefer - Jacket and tie for gentlemen; appropriate formal wear for ladies.
  • Smart casual - Tailored trousers and shirts (no shorts, jeans or T-shirts).
  • Open - Courteous open choice which includes dry sailing rig (but no wet clothing please). 

Social & Event Programme Overview for 2019

Please note that competitors must refer to the Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions when published for full event details.

Saturday 27 July 2019    

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Event Registration RLYC 10:00 to 17:00 Free Open

 

Sunday 28 July 2019    

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Event Registration RLYC 10:00 to 17:00 Free Open

Skippers & Safety Briefing - Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition & Old Gaffers Classes.

 

RLYC 17:30 Free Open

Skippers & Safety Briefing - Classic Dayboat Classes and Metre Boats

 

RLYC 18:15 Free Open
Mary Rose Gin Welcome Drinks Reception - For all competitors RLYC 19:00 Free Open
Club Dinner 'A Taste of Wight' - Enjoy an informal dinner at RLYC.  BOOK  RLYC 20:00 £27.50 Smart casual

 

Monday 29 July 2019 - RACE DAY

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Event Registration RLYC 08:00 to 10:00 Free Open
Warning Signal Race 1 - Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition & Old Gaffer Classes RLYC Shoreline From 11:15 Entry n/a
Warning Signal Race 1 - Classic Dayboat and Metre Classes Committee Boats From 13:30 Entry n/a
Winkworth Tea and Cake RLYC After racing Free Open
Opening Reception and Day Prize Giving RLYC 18:30 Free Open
Hog Roast and Dancing - Very popular and usually the first event to sell out. BOOK  CCYC 20:00 £21.00 Open
Alternative Club Dinner - Enjoy a seafood supper at RLYC.  BOOK  RLYC 20:00 £26.00 Smart casual

 

Tuesday 30 July 2019 - RACE DAY

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Warning Signal Race 2 - Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition & Old Gaffer Classes RLYC Shoreline From 10:30 Entry n/a
Warning Signal Race Day 2 - Classic Dayboats & Metre Classes Committee Boats From 10:30 Entry n/a
Winkworth Tea and Cake RLYC After Racing Free Open
Red Funnel Drinks Reception and Day Prize Giving Classic Boat Museum 18:30 Free Open
Classic Boat Museum Private Tour, Classic Car Display and Supper.  BOOK 
Please note that as the website went to pixel event details are yet to be finalised so things may change.
Classic Boat Museum Following reception £35.00 Open

 

Wednesday 31 July 2019 - RACE DAY

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Warning Signal Race 3 - Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition & Old Gaffer Classes RLYC Shoreline From 10:30 Entry n/a
Warning Signal Race Day 3 - Classic Dayboats & Metre Classes Committee Boats 10:30 Entry n/a
Winkworth Tea and Cake RLYC After Racing Free Open
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery Drinks Reception. There are limited numbers at this very popular event so you need to  RESERVE FREE TICKETS  Kendalls Fine Art 18:30 Free Reefer
"Triple Decker" Supper - Ground Floor BBQ.  BOOK  ISC 20:00 £18.50 Open
"Triple Decker"  Supper - 1st Floor Carvery.  BOOK  £20.00
"Triple Decker" Supper - Roof Top Buffet.  BOOK  £25.50

 

Thursday 1 August 2019 -  RACE DAY

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Warning Signal Race 4 - Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition & Old Gaffer Classes RLYC Shoreline From 10:30 Entry n/a
Warning Signal Race Day 4 - Classic Dayboats & Metre Classes Committee Boats From 10:30 Entry n/a
Winkworth Tea and Cake RLYC  After Racing Free Open
Drinks Reception and Day Prize Giving - Held at the Pavillion, Royal Yacht Squadron RYS 18:30 Free Smart casual
Regatta Dinner supported by Robert Oatley Wines and Day Prize Giving. BOOK  RLYC 19:30 for 20:00 £35.00 Reefer

 

Friday 2 August 2019 -  RLYC RACE DAY

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Warning Signal Race 5 - Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition & Old Gaffer Classes RLYC Shoreline From 10:30 Entry n/a
Warning Signal Race Day 5 - Classic Dayboats & Metre Classes Committee Boats From 10:30 Entry n/a
Reception and Winkworth High Tea RLYC After Racing Free Open
Regatta Prize Giving RLYC After Racing Free Open

Please note that competitors must refer to the Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions when published for full event details.

RUN BY CLUB VOLUNTEERS FOR THE SAILORS

Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club with the help of leading local clubs, Cowes Classics Week is run by sailors for sailors.

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RLYC

Royal London Yacht Club

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RORC

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Thames Yacht Club Burgee

RTYC

Royal Thames Yacht Club

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RVYC

Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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CCYC

Cowes Corinthian YC

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ISC

Island Sailing Club