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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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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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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 10th year of Cowes Classics Week

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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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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?


Cowes Classics Week - 22-27 July 2018

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.

'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

Enter the regatta online with secure easy payment.



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

Day & Overall Awards

Day & Overall Awards

Daily prize giving with tea and cake plus a gala awards ceremony.

Event Charity

Event Charity

Help Sea Cadets Cowes 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...

20 Jul, 2017

Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week Day 4: Strong winds force cancellation

The blustery wind strengths and sea state caused by wind over tide that greeted sailors as they made their way to their boats for the fourth day of racing at the 10th Charles…
Victory CCW 17RT1305
19 Jul, 2017

Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week Day 3: Tight racing for vintage classes

The Victory class sailed across the Solent today from their very own Portsmouth-based Victory Class Sailing Club which was established in 1934, the same year that the first yachts…
Sunbeam Betty CCW 17RT0801
19 Jul, 2017

Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week Day 2: Black flags versus clean starts

Perfect conditions provided a recipe for spectacular racing on the second day of the 10th Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week. 12 to 14 knots of breeze blowing steadily…

It is only with the generous support of our loyal sponsors that we are able to offer such a high standard of competition for corinthian sailors.

Classic Boat Magazine
Haines Boatyard
Red Funnel Ferries
Winkworth Estate Agency
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
Cowes Harbour Commission
Henri Lloyd Clothing


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 Victoria Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club Burgee


Cowes Corinthian YC

Island Sailing Club Burgee


Island Sailing Club