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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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Our loyal sponsors make this world class event possible. We are deeply grateful to all our supporters.

Our loyal sponsors make this world class event possible

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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 14 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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Cowes 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 including tea and cake sponsored by Evelyn Partners at RLYC, daily prize givings plus a gala dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the sailing.



Results will be published online throughout the regatta.

Regatta Notice Board

Regatta Notice Board

Notice of Race download from the virtual 2023 virtual notice board.

Regatta Clothing

Regatta Clothing

An exciting range of 2023 regatta clothing and accessories is available to order now.

Who is Racing?

Who is Racing?

Entries for Cowes Classics Week are published online.

Fabulous Socials

Fabulous Socials

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

Regatta News Service

Regatta News Service

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

Event Charities

Event Charities

The chosen regatta charities are UKSA & Autism on the Water.

Cowes Classics Week News

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28 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 - WASH UP NEWSLETTER

It was terrific to see so many returning competitors to the 15th Edition of Cowes Classics Week joined by lots of newcomers including the magnificent Swan 65 Eve from Sydney Australia. At a time when many regatta’s are reporting declining numbers we are…
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17 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Final Report

The 125 competitors registering for Cowes Classics Week on 9th July were treated to Cowes Classics Day, a celebration of classic forms of transport, with over fifty cars, buses and motor yachts and a vintage biplane fly-past outside the organising club, the…
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13 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Thursday

Another cracking day of sailing on the Solent with brighter and rather more manageable conditions than Wednesday. The fleets set off in a westerly wind of about 15 knots and a weakening ebb tide. During the morning the wind gradually increased to 20 knots…
12 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Wednesday

For the third day of racing the fleets set out of Cowes under a cloudy bright sky and 15 – 20 knots of westerly wind with the last of the ebb giving an easy sea. By 11.00 the wind was consistently 25 knots + with gusts up to 30+. The 6 mR and Flying Fifteens…
11 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Tuesday

The forecast for a few days had suggested that Tuesday would be wet and windy but this had moderated somewhat by Monday and in fact the day turned out dry although mostly overcast with a building South Westerly giving a little more than 20 knots by early…
11 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Monday

Following a terrific Cowes Classics Day on Sunday 9th July, Cowes Classics Week racing got off to a brilliant start under a cloudy bright sky with a relatively steady South to southwest wind across the Solent. Two times Olympic Gold Medallist Shirley…
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07 Jul, 2023

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Shoreline Fleet Splits Published

Principal Race Officer Tom Rusbridge working with Circuit 5 Race Officer Derek Hodd and the regatta handicapper Iain McAllister have agreed provisional fleet splits for Cowes Classics Week 2023. The list is available on the Regatta Noticeboard for download.…
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05 Jul, 2023

Entries now closed for Cowes Classics Week 2023

Entries for the 2023 Cowes Classics Week regatta closed at 11:59 today 5 July 2023. If you are reading this thinking you might still want to get on a start line next week, then late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the organising authority.…
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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 Yacht Squadron

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Royal Ocean Racing Club

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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