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On this page you will find links to all the racing and other documents you need to enter, plan and enjoy your Cowes Classics Week regatta. The list often changes so it is worth coming back from time to time to review what is on offer, especially regarding notices to mariners.

Race Documents



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18 Mar 2017 Notice of Race Cowes Classics Week 2017 Download PDF
06 Mar 2017 World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations for Inshore Racing Download PDF
27 Apr 2017 Application form for marina moorings at Shepards Wharf 
(booking deadline -- June 2017).
Download PDF
04 Mar 2017 Application form for day class swinging moorings
(booking deadline -- May 2017).
Download PDF

Cowes Harbour Notices to Mariners

As well as recreational craft, there are a large number of commercial movements, with high-speed ferries, vehicle ferries, and commercial shipping up to 100m in length moving in and out of the harbour and river. In this busy marine environment it is essential for everyone's safety and enjoyment that all water users understand how to navigate safely in a crowded river and harbour, and know the local regulations. We have highlighted a number of Local Notices to Mariners (LNTM) with which you should familiarise yourself before entering the harbour, and in addition you should review the comprehensive list of all active Local Notices to Mariners given in LNTM No. 01 of 2016.


Description with link (where available)

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01 2016 Local Notices to Mariners - Link ›› Download PDF (215 KB)
15 2016 Cowes Chain Ferry - Link ›› Download PDF (305 KB)
10 2016 Navigation in the Approaches to Cowes: Port of Southampton
Precautionary Area - Link ››
Download PDF (420 KB)
02 2016 Movement of Vessels Approaching Town Quay - Link ›› Download PDF (303 KB)
27 2015 Safety of Navigation within the Cowes Inner and Outer Fairways - Link › Download PDF (642 KB)
26 (T) 2015 Breakwater Exclusion Zone Buoyage and breakwater works Download PDF (375 KB)
25 2015 Changes to Tidal Flows in Cowes Harbour - Link ›› Download PDF (230 KB)
Clause 6 Notice for all competitors on CHC swinging moorings Download PDF (154 KB)
04 2015 Shrape Watersports Area (reissued with updated diagram) - Link ››  
02 2015 Small Craft Channel (reissued with updated diagram) - Link ›› Download PDF (246 KB)

Cowes Classics Week Newsletters


Newsletter Headlines

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Early June 2016 Notice or Race & Entry • Competing Classes • International Tempest Class World Championships • Classic Yachts • Old Gaffers • Spirit of Tradition • Moorings • Miss Isle • Social Programme • Sponsors • Volunteers • Event Contacts Download PDF (572 KB) 
December 2014 Preliminary Notice of Race • Classes Update • Other New Classes • Other Class News • Also on the Solent • The Socials • Non-Sailing Support Team • The Cowes Clubs • Sponsors • Contacts

Download PDF (1016 KB) 

January 2014 Significant Name Change - Charles Stanley as Lead Sponsor • New Helm Trophy • Notice of Race Date • Classes Update • Publicity • New Website • High Sheriffs' Trust • The Cowes Clubs • Our Other Sponsors • Contacts

Download PDF (843 KB)

September 2013 A Great Week Again • Prize Winners Listing • Planning for Next Year 

Download PDF (340 KB)

June 2013 Notice of Race and Entries • Flying Fifteens • Provisional Trophy List • Moorings/Berths • Social Events • More Anniversaries • Provisional Format of Racing for Classic Cruisers • Launch Services Reminder • Call for Volunteers • Future Dates • Social Events Programme & Booking Form 

Download PDF (815 KB)

May 2013 Notice of Race and Entries • Race Management • RLYC 175th Anniversary Race • Georgio Mancio • Classic Boat Magazine • Sunbeams • Charity • Classic Cruisers • Swinging Moorings • Marina Berthing • Launch Services • Handicapping • Ferry Travel • Sponsors • Volunteers • Future Dates

Download PDF (311 KB)

January 2013  The Metre Classes • 90th Anniversary - Sunbeams • Overseas Visitors - Howth 17 Footer • Classic Cruiser/Racer Class • Other Classes/Revival Class • Race Format • Royal London YC 175th Anniversary • Posters & Invites • Monday Racing • Moorings • Charter Boats • Socials • Sponsorship • Volunteers • Future Dates Download PDF (340 KB)

It is only with the generous support of Charles Stanley Direct as lead sponsor that we can offer such a high standard of racing. We are also deeply grateful to our other loyal sponsors for their generous commitments.

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