Corinthian
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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

13th Year
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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 15 years of growth

Greatest?
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No other classic regatta offers such a wide-ranging gathering of racing classics, from keelboats to dayboats, cruisers and gaffers.

The greatest classics event?

Volunteers
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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

Lead Sponsors
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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

Socials
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From champagne 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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COWES CLASSICS WEEK - 6 TO 12 JULY 2024

WITH A CLASSICS DAY CAR SHOW ON SUNDAY AND YACHT RACING MONDAY TO FRIDAY

NOTICE OF RACE TO BE PUBLISHED AND ENTRIES OPEN IN EARLY MARCH

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.

Who is Racing?

Who is Racing?

Entries for Cowes Classics Week are published online.

Regatta Notice Board

Regatta Notice Board

Notice of Race download from the virtual notice board.

Regatta Clothing

Regatta Clothing

An wide range of regatta clothing is available.

Event Charities

Event Charities

The regatta charities are UKSA & Autism on the Water.

Fabulous Socials

Fabulous Socials

Socials throughout the week with many free to racers.

Regatta News Service

Regatta News Service

Please register to receive regatta news by email.

Online Results

Online Results

Results will be published online throughout the regatta.

nci logoThe Classic Boat Museum was the chosen charity for the 2021 regatta.

Charity news for the forthcoming 2022 regatta will be published in due course


About the Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum has been collecting and restoring maritime craft and artefacts for twenty five years. It has an impressive collection of 85 sailing and power boats in the Boat Shed in Cowes. These range from the Dolly Varden, an Itchen ferry built in 1872, and later used by Ratsey & Lapthorn to design and develop sails, to BAR T1, Sir Ben Ainslie’s test foiling Catamaran used in preparation for the Landrover BAR challenge in Bermuda in 2017.

The museum houses a large collection of dinghies and keel boats many of which were designed by Uffa Fox. It showcases the Swallow Hanna from the 1948 Olympics, and Shirley Robertson’s Gold medal winning Europe from the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

On display are small keelboats such as the celebrated ocean-going 27 foot Sopranino, and Kestrel, Lord Brabazon’s Bembridge Redwing from 1934, with its experimental giro-rig.

The East Cowes Gallery in the Columbine Building houses thousands of maritime artefacts, paintings and photographs and a library of over 4,500 books, plus many original yachting magazines dating back to 1880.

The Boat Shed in the Medina Yard will re-open Tuesday, 20 July 2021. The Gallery in East Cowes will re-open later with a fantastic series of new exhibitions, placing classic boats in their historical and geographical context, and including ‘Heritage Highlights of the America’s Cup’ and a ‘Dinghy Simulator’, designed to attract younger audiences into the museum..

It’s a great place to visit for all the family, so we hope you will support our work. Find out more about the Classic Boat Museum https://www.classicboatmuseum.com

Thank you for your support!


COWES CLASSICS WEEK NEWS

Rustling up a Great Regatta

27 Feb, 2024 42
Sunbeams TJP6934
Cowes Classics week 2024 announces new link with The Classic Channel Regatta and Yacht Club Classique for the “Five Lights” Series. The Notice of Race will be published and…

Cowes Classics Week 2023 - WASH UP NEWSLETTER

28 Jul, 2023 373
Shoreline Z7S7202 2
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…

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Final Report

17 Jul, 2023 514
Tim Jeffreys 7294 6493 800 600 100 Swallows
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…

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Thursday

13 Jul, 2023 646
Daring Dreamer
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…

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Wednesday

12 Jul, 2023 794
XOD's
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…

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Tuesday

11 Jul, 2023 252
Warrior
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…

Cowes Classics Week 2023 Daily News - Monday

11 Jul, 2023 321
6mR
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…

The Cowes Town Pass

28 Jun, 2023 196
XOD's resting at Shepards
As a new initiative for 2023, Cowes Classics Week has launched the Cowes Town Pass. This offers all regatta participants an extra benefit, and strengthens the bond between this…
CCW 2023 Sponsor Slide - V1
Classic Boat Magazine
Ratsey and Lapthorn
Llallows Boatyard
World Leisurewear
Mermaid Gin Isle of Wight Distillery
Red Funnel Ferries
COWES CLASSICS WEEK SPONSORS
PROUD TO SPONSOR COWES CLASSICS WEEK
PROUD TO SPONSOR COWES CLASSICS WEEK
Evelyn Partners
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
GJW Insurance

THE REGATTA ORGANISED BY SAILORS FOR SAILORS

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

Royal London Yacht Club Burgee

RLYC

Royal London Yacht Club
Royal Yacht Squadron Burgee

RYS

Royal Yacht Squadron
RORC Burgee

RORC

Royal Ocean Racing Club
Royal Thames Yacht Club Burgee

RTYC

Royal Thames Yacht Club
Royal Victoria Yacht Club Burgee

RVYC

Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club Burgee

CCYC

Cowes Corinthian YC
Island Sailing Club Burgee

ISC

Island Sailing Club