“As a regular competitor in Cowes Classics Week I am looking forward to another week of fantastic clear water racing and excellent courses together with the best onshore social events in the Cowes calendar,” says regular competitor Sir Richard Ottaway, who has competed previously in his Daring, Decoy. Sir Richard sums up the excitement of the competitors as they look forward to the 12th edition of Cowes Classics Week.
Another keen competitor coming back for another shot at winning is Richard Pearson, who won the hotly contested Solent Sunbeam Class in 2018. “We’re really looking forward to competing at Cowes Classics Week in the hope that we can repeat our success of last year,” he says, adding “The entries for the Solent Sunbeam Class is larger this year so will not be as easy!”
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A pretty little 1927 one off yacht is one of the first entries for the 12th Cowes Classics Week. Chough, owned by Alex Kathrin Vowinckel, typifies the spirit of the event which, despite being a draw for vintage yachts and designs from all over the UK and beyond, is hotly contested on the race course.
Chough herself is no slacker - following an absence from the event she will be seeking to reclaim her class title that she last held onto three years ago and even maybe her Concours d’Elegance Award which she has previous won at Cowes Classics Week.
Chough’s entry is one of a steady flow of yachts whose numbers are likely to reach in excess of 180 if previous years are anything to go by. Preparation for the event is now officially underway. With the launch last week of the new 2019 website, competitors can now find information and enter the event. www.cowesclassicsweek.org. Racing takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.
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Cowes Classics Week is the regatta “run by sailors for sailors” and reputed to be the largest regatta of its type in the World.
Now in its 12th year, I am delighted that Red Funnel have agreed a 3 year plan as a Signature Sponsor of the event. In addition to financial support, Red Funnel will offer assistance with ferry travel to competitors.
I am also most grateful to all our other supporting sponsors Classic Boat Magazine, Robert Oatley, Cowes Harbour Commission, Winkworth, Zhik UK, Mary Rose Gin, Wight Crystal, Kendalls Fine Art, Clare Lallow's and Roberts Charts, and almost 100 volunteers that make it possible to present such an ambitious regatta, with 5 race circuits and probably the best classic racing available anywhere in the world.