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
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