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CCW Sailing Instructions Tile 2018The Sailing Instructions for Cowes Classics Week 2019 have now been published and can be downloaded from the Documents area of this website.

You will find the Sailing Instructions along with the other event documents which are updated on a regular basis.

Hard copies will be available at race registration in the competitors packs - please try and look after yours as no matter how many we print each year we always seem to run out!

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In just over three weeks some of the prettiest boats and most enduring designs will be battling it out on Solent Waters in the 12th Cowes Classics Week for one of the season’s most prestigious prizes, the Charles Stanley 1792 Trophy.

The 225-year-old cup will be carried off by the overall winner from some 13 classes which will be gathering for the opener of five race days at Cowes, when the event gets going on 29 July. With Red Funnel as Signature Sponsor and live coverage from on the water courtesy of Cowes Radio 87.7fm the event promises to be a real summer spectacle.

Keelboats include Squibs, Bembridge One Designs, XODs, Darings, Dragons, Swallows, Metre yachts and more, all defined by their classic designs which have to date no later than 1979 to qualify to take part. Yet their age, many from the turn of last century, does nothing to detract from the fierce competition in highly optimised boats around four separate laid mark committee boat courses. Many are close and cohesive classes, racing year-round while continuing to develop their classes.


With little more than 60 days left until the classic classes take to the water for their first race in Cowes Classics Week, a real buzz is starting to build up around the event. The entry list is shaping up to give some seriously promising competition to all comers and the event is delighted to welcome Cowes Radio 87.7fm on board to officially cover the event live from on the water.

The XOD class, traditionally the biggest fleet in the event, is already half way to its typical size of anything up to 50 boats or more. Previous winners and those who just missed a podium slot and want to have another go, are getting prepared. The XOD is a very closely fought class. “We are lucky to have three major regattas in our XOD programme: Lymington Week, Cowes Week and of course, Cowes Classics Week,” says previous winner Paul Woodman, who sails Ibex. “As a team, we are even luckier to be able to find the time to compete in all three! So we are very much looking forward to competing again and to see if we can rekindle the magic which brought us victory in 2015!”


“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!”

Chough racing at Cowes Classics WeekA 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. Racing takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.

David Gower Chairman Cowes Classics Week 2018Cowes 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.

David Gower,
Regatta Chairman

Race For Free 2019 v1To encourage early entries and to celebrate publishing the Notice of Race earlier than ever, all entries received by midnight on 31st March 2019 will be entered into a draw from which one lucky competitor will win a full rebate on their entry fee.

The lucky winner will be announced here on the website.

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The Notice of Race for Cowes Classics Week 2019 has now been published.  

With the publication of the Notice of Race on 7 March 2019 online entries to the regatta are now being accepted.

Please note that the social programe is still being worked on and we will email everyone once the 'hottest' tickets in Cowes become available for purchase through this website.

Collect the Notice of Race from the downloads page ››


Red Funnel CCW Story Tile v1

Cowes Classics Week is delighted to announce that Red Funnel has taken the role of Signature Sponsor for the event. Red Funnel will be providing invaluable support for both the organisers and competitors, enabling sailors to enjoy a week of competitive and fun racing in what has become the largest classic yacht regatta in the world.

The 12th edition of Cowes Classics Week runs from 27th July to 2nd August, with racing from Monday 29th July onwards.

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.

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