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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.

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High Sheriff Claire Locke with Cowes Classics Week Chairman Peter Taylor, on the occasion of her Declaration Ceremony at Carisbrooke Castle.

High Sheriffs Trust LogoCowes Classics Week has selected the Isle of Wight High Sheriffs’ Trust as its official charity for 2014. Participants are invited to make an online donation on this website whilst entering or booking socials. You can learn more about the trust from the official website but here's an overview.

Please help us introduce more children and young people from the Island into sailing and watersports by making a donation to the High Sheriffs’ Trust today.

The Island is a terrific sailing venue and a beautiful place to live, but behind the scenes it suffers disproportionately from poor education, high youth unemployment and a poverty of aspiration and confidence amongst young people.

Water sports, and sailing in particular, can offer transformational opportunities through team building, learning skills and follow up mentoring. With your help, we can give more local young people the chance to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

High Sheriffs Trust UKSA

The High Sheriffs’ Trust is an Isle of Wight charity dedicated to improving the lives of local people with particular emphasis on youth, families and the elderly. As fitting with the High Sheriff’s role as the Queen’s Judicial representative, crime reduction and improved social cohesion are the ultimate goals of our initiatives.

High Sheriffs Trust PaddiywackIn recognition of the fund-raising that Cowes Classics Week competitors will undertake in 2014, The High Sheriffs’ Trust will focus all monies raised by this event to those Isle of Wight charities and causes which are closely associated with introducing youth to water based activities such as Island Youth Water Activities Centre (IYWAC), Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO), Ocean Youth Trust and the UKSA.

Thank you for your support!

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