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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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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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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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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 12th year of Cowes Classics Week

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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 Welcomes Red Funnel as Signature Sponsor.
The 12th edition of Cowes Classics Week runs from 27 July to 2 August 2019, with racing from Monday 29 July onwards.

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. There are daily prize giving events, all with free tea and cake plus a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the sailing.

'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.

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The KLR System is used at Cowes Classics for cruiser and dayboat handicap fleets

Regatta News Service

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Event Charity

Event Charity

Help National Coastwatch and win a fabulous Magnum of Champagne.

Classic Boat Museum Logo 300pxTuesday brings a tour and supper at the brand new Classic Boat Museum in West Cowes.

The Classic Boat Museum has been telling visitors and Islanders its wonderful maritime story since 1996. Today the museum is growing with a new location opening in 2018 to exhibit its impressive collection of classic yachts and lifeboats.

The new location in West Cowes complements the existing Gallery with over 50 yachts, motor and lifeboats on display including the 2017 British America's Cup Challenge foiling catamaran test boat.

You can learn more from their website

Getting to the Classic Boat Museum Boat Shed in West Cowes:

The Shed is positioned alongside the Hammer Head crane on the West Side of the Medina river. From the floating bridge on the west side the shed is less than a 5 minute walk. You enter the shed site from Thetis road and enter thorough Admiralty Gate. (Parking is available inside the yard)

Classic Boat Museum Boat Shed Map

Dress code is casual and transport will be available from the Parade - details to be confirmed closer to the event.

Welcome Drinks on arrival and private tour of the Classic Boat Museum.

Your ticket to this event at the Classic Boat Museum allows you to choose from the following three options on the night:

Option 1

  • Panko-crumbed Fish with Mushy Peas, Chips and Caper Mayonnaise
  • Vegetable Fritto Misto with Chips and Caper Mayonnaise (v)

Option 2

  • Chargrilled Steak Burger topped with Monterey Jack and Fried Onions in a Brioche Roll
  • Grilled Broccoli, Feta and Spinach Burger (v)
  • Both served with Coleslaw, Green Salad and New Potato Salad 

Option 3

  • Tagine of Lamb with apricot, prunes and toasted almonds with cous cous
  • Tagine of Butternut Squash, Peppers, Courgette and Chickpeas with cous cous (v)

There will be a cash bar throughout the evening.



Tickets for this tour and supper are subject to a 10% discount if purchased online before 14 July 2018, bringing the price down from £33.00 to £30.00.

To add this social event to your regatta experience, click on the Register button and then enter how many tickets you require in the shoppping cart.

Red Funnel Logo 100Discounted Travel with Red Funnel for Cowes Classics Week Competitors.

CCW signature sponsor Red Funnel is offering discounted travel for all competitors for Cowes Classics Week. Information of how to obtain the offer will be sent out with entry confirmations.

Cowes RadioCowes Radio Live Coverage.

Cowes Radio, the UK's longest running special event station, commands a large and highly responsive audience both online around the world and on FM radio and will be broadcasting live on the water action at Cowes Classics Week 2019.

Cowes Classics Week News

Daring Dauntless
02 Aug, 2019

Daring Dauntless takes the title at Cowes Classics Week

Dauntless, sailed by Richard Acland and his crew, was almost untouchable in the 14-strong Daring Class which finished competing at Cowes Classics Week today. Five first places and…
RLYC Cakes
02 Aug, 2019

Situation update 09:40 Friday 2 August 2019

Situation as of 09:40 this morning Friday 2 August 2019. Circuits 1-4 (Committee Boats); AP over AP is removed for all circuits and competitors should go afloat. Shoreline circuit…
01 Aug, 2019

Cowes Classics Week Day 4: Fluky winds and finished races

All classes in the 12th Cowes Classics Week fleet had to kick their heels this morning on the Cowes waterfront as they, along with the Race Officers of the Royal London Yacht…
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01 Aug, 2019

Cowes Classics Week 2019 Regatta Photos

Tim Jeffreys is out and about on a RIB capturing moments of classic sailing and you can see his pics of each day in our online gallery here.
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31 Jul, 2019

Listen to the BBC Radio Solent Podcast

Cowes Classics Week made the morning news this morning on BBC Radio Solent after the BBC’s H2O presenter visited Cowes on Monday and interviewed winners, volunteers and sailing…
Swallows enjoy boisterous downwind sailing
31 Jul, 2019

A thrilling day at Cowes Classics Week Day 3

Cowes, UK. 31st July 2019 - A cracking stiff breeze opened the third day of Cowes Classics Week with welcomed starts for the one design and cruiser classes after yesterday’s…
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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

Royal Ocean Racing Club Burgee


Royal Ocean Racing Club

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Royal Thames Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club Burgee


Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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Cowes Corinthian YC

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