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Seaview Mermaid As a result of almost every major yacht club, at some time in their history, commissioning a one-design for local racing, there are many dayboat classes eligible to compete at Cowes Classics Week.

Loyal supporters of the event are the Solent Sunbeam, X One Design and the Bembridge One Design. The Squib fleet from Royal Victoria YC in Fishbourne compete for one day each year.

Other fleets have attended on a number of occasions, notably the Loch Long fleet from Aldeburgh in Suffolk. The Flying Fifteens joined us for the first time in 2013 and the National Swallow class in 2014. Both are now regular classes.

In 2016 we hope to welcome Bembridge Redwings who last competed in 2011, and the Victory Class from Portsmouth. We are also expecting a number of vintage International Dragons. The Loch Longs from Aldeburgh will also be joining us again this year.

All other classes and one-offs are welcome to take part. It is our practice to provide a separate start to any class with 10 boats or more. Classes smaller than this, and one-offs race in the Classic Dayboat class, on KLR Handicaps. We usually provide class results and prizes within the Classic Dayboat class With our mantra of providing what the Classes and competitors want, we are usually able to offer a bespoke programme, so if you are interested in bringing your one design class to the Regatta, please contact us.

Photo: Seaview Mermaid courtesy of the Sea View Yacht Club


KLR System Handicapping for the Classic Dayboat class

Handicapping will use the Klassiker Rennwert (KLR) formula commonly used in the Baltic for classics events. The formula is intended to separate racing from the judgement over items like authenticity, originality and state of maintenance, and so on. It is a formula to provide ratings across a broad range of boats designed over more than 50 years. KLR doesn’t need complicated measurements and certificates are not required. For more information:

To apply for a KLR handicap you must download and complete this form (which is an excel spreadsheet) that must then be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrive no later than two weeks before the event. The handicaps are administered by an independent party who may contact you to discuss the data provided.

A note on Eligibility

Classic Dayboats designed over 50 years ago are eligible to compete at Cowes Classics Week. Since it is the design date, not the build date, which is relevant, the Regatta is open to both old and new boats of an eligible class, although if a particular class wished to attend with boats over 50 years only, then please contact us.

Regular Racing Classes

Bembridge One Design Flying Fifteen Loch Long One Design
National Squib National Swallow One Off Day Boats
X One Design Solent Sunbeam

Invited Racing Classes

As well as individual boats of all relevant types, Classes that may also wish to participate in Cowes Classics Week, and to whom a warm welcome will be extended, include:

Bembridge Redwing Bembridge Sailing Club

Broads One Design

Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club, Lowestoft

Conway Fife One Design

Royal Anglesey Yacht Club

International Dragon

Dragon Class Association
Solent Dragons


Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club

International One Design (IOD)

St Mawes Sailing Club

Menai Strait One Design

Royal Anglesey Yacht Club

Mersey Mylne

Royal Mersey Yacht Club

Piper One Design

Piper One Design Web Site


(West coast of France)  French Requin Class Association



Hilbre One Design

West Kirby Sailing Club

Royal Burnham One Design

Royal Burnham Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch

Royal Corinthian One Design

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch

Royal Harwich One Design

Royal Harwich Yacht Club

Seaview Mermaid

Sea View Yacht Club, Isle of Wight

Skerry Cruisers

22 sq.m. & 30 sq.m.


Fleets around GB 


Fleets around GB

Tumlare and Stor Tumlare

Fixed designs of square metre classes

Victory  Portsmouth

West Solent Restricted Class

East Coast

Yarmouth One Design (YOD)

Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Yorkshire One Design (YOD)

Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, Bridlington

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