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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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It is the high quality of racing that has made Cowes Classics Week the fastest growing event in the country

Come and join us for the 11th year of Cowes Classics Week

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

Run by club volunteers for the sailors

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We are deeply grateful to to our leading sponsors Charles Stanley Direct, Red Funnel and Winkworth

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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Cowes Classics Week - Saturday 21 to Friday 27 July 2018
(Racing Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July)

Cowes 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 and Spirit of Tradition Yachts 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.

'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.

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Enter Online

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

Regatta News Service

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Event Charity

Event Charity

Help The Jubilee Sailing Trust and win a fabulous Magnum of Champagne.

Cowes Classics Week welcomes entries from pretty much any classic racing yacht - if you can't find your class or design listed then please ask!

Metre Boats

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There has been a real resurgence of interest in The Metre Boats with many restorations and new builds, and sailing mega-stars choosing metre boats for their personal sailing.
Cowes Classics Week is delighted to be organising competitive fleet racing for 12mR, classic and modern 6mR, Daring, and original 5.5mR.

Read more about the Metre boats...


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Cowes Classics Week began in 2007 as a modest event for classic dayboats,
however with support from racing sailors exceeding all expectations, we continue to extend a warm welcome to expanding fleets from the huge number of classic one design classes around the country, together with one-offs.

Read more about Classic Dayboats...

Classic Yachts & Old Gaffers

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Wooden IOR and other classic yachts, some in GRP race with us subject to a "fit" with the eligibility criteria.
Also eligible are Classic Yachts designed pre 1975 in wood or steel, GRP boats designed over 50 years ago, along with classically designed 'Spirit of Tradition' yachts. For 2015 this class will be joined by the old gaffers.

Read more about Classic Yachts and Old Gaffers...

Classic Boat Magazine
Red Funnel Ferries
Winkworth Estate Agency
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
Cowes Harbour Commission
Charles Stanley Direct


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

Royal London Yacht Club Burgee


Royal London Yacht Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club Burgee


Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Thames Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Thames Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club Burgee


Cowes Corinthian YC

Island Sailing Club Burgee


Island Sailing Club