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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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We are deeply grateful to to all our supporters with special thanks to signature sponsor Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight Specialist

Our loyal sponsors make this world class event possible

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Exclusive range of Henri-Lloyd clothing featuring the Cowes Classics Week logo

Fabulous Regatta Collection

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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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The high quality of racing has made Cowes Classics Week the largest Classic Yacht Regatta in the world

Now firmly established after 12 years of growth

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

Run by club volunteers for the sailors

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The Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, has announced new dates for 2021.
the regatta is now being held 3 - 9 July with racing from 5 July.
See the News Item Below for the latest statement.

PLAY The Cowes Classics Week VideoCowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats and Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts race varied central Solent courses. Great value socials are held at different club venues and there are daily prize giving events, all with tea and cake, plus a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the sailing..

Cowes Classics Week Video - Take a look at our video showcasing this amazing regatta.


Fabulous Socials

Fabulous Socials

Great socials at different yacht clubs throughout the week, with many free.

Regatta Clothing

Regatta Clothing

Classic Clothing for 'The' Classics Event by Henri-Lloyd, exclusively from Crew Kit.

Regatta News Service

Regatta News Service

To receive all the latest regatta news by email you need to register.

Event Charity

Event Charity

This year the chosen regatta charity is the Classic Boat Museum.

Cowes Classics Week News

Cowes Classics Automobiles 2021 Motif
12 May, 2021

Classics Day Registrations Now Open

Owners of Classic Cars are invited to join the annual Cowes Classics Week yachting regatta and to tour the Isle of Wight finishing with a display of their cars on The Parade in Cowes. Classic Powerboats will be displayed in the harbour immediately in front of…
Cowes Classics Week 2020 Notice of Race tile
22 Mar, 2021

Cowes Classics Week Notice of Race 2021

The Notice of Race for Cowes Classics Week 2021 has now been published. The Notice of Race has been published today 22 March 2021, and online entries continue to be accepted. Please note that the social programe is still being worked on and we will email…
Metre Boat
03 Mar, 2021

Bright prospects for the 2021 regatta and new contact details

Buoyed by the programme set out by the Prime Minister on Monday 22nd February for the lifting of Covid -19 restrictions, the Cowes Classics Week organising committee has set course for a cracking 2021 regatta. Entries for the 2021 regatta have been open on…
Rees Martin
02 Mar, 2021

Rees Martin

Early this week I received the tragic news that Rees Martin had died over the weekend of a stroke. He was just into his 81st year. Rees Martin was instrumental with David Elliott in helping to start what was the Metre Regatta in 2008. In celebration of the…
Swallows competing at the 2019 regatta
29 Jan, 2021

Cowes Classics Week, 5-9 July 2021 - Update

We missed you in 2020, but at the time of writing have some confidence that we may meet again in 2021. Every indication points towards the event going ahead in 2021, even if some minor restrictions continue to apply. We will monitor the position and advise…
Swallows competing at the 2019 regatta
03 Jul, 2020

New Dates for Cowes Classics Week 2021

The Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, has announced new dates for 2021 with the regatta to be held 3–9 July with racing from 5 July. As previously announced, the original intention was to hold the regatta at the end of July but after…
Red Funnel Ferries
Henri Lloyd
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
Robert Oatley
Ratsey and Lapthorn
Llallows Boatyard
MDL Marinas
HMS Spirits Company


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

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Royal London Yacht Club

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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