The Classics Regatta- 2019
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The Classics Regatta- 2019
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Darings TJP4016Cowes Classics Week is back again in 2024, organised by the Royal London Yacht Club volunteers and assisted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Royal Thames YC, Cowes Corinthian YC, Royal Victoria YC and the Island SC.

Celebrating its 16th year, Cowes Classics Week is hoping we can match the huge interest and entries experienced in recent years with over 200 yachts attending the event for some spectacular Solent racing. The Royal London Yacht Club will again be welcoming the many classic classes, some of which have competed since 2008 and others which have joined in along the way as the first decade has seen the event grow into one of the most iconic on the yachting calendar.

Classics including a number of 6 metres while a strong showing of Darings, Squibs and Bembridge One Designs will all be attending the five day event with racing starting at Cowes on Monday 8th July 2024. In addition, the XOD class, which regularly musters over 50 entries, is expected to be the largest fleet once again.

Handicap fleets will include Old Gaffers, SCODs, Twisters, S and S Swans and a historic assortment of other yachts whose design pedigrees date back to 1975 or before. A handful, incredibly, were built in the nineteenth century and are still racing regularly. Several majestic 8 metres are also indicating that they will take part. In addition the Seaview Mermaids and Victories are expected to be appearing during the event. 

The Solent Sunbeams and Swallows are looking forward to another memorable week racing on the Solent with the elegant Darings and Dragons from Cowes amongst many others. A new class for 2024 are the Rustler 33s who hope to present enough boats for a class start.

New for 2024 is the association with the Classic Channel Regatta which includes 2 days racing at Dartmouth and the Round Ile De Brehat Race with a start from Cowes on Sunday 14th July.

Helmi 20140722Two races a day, or three if weather necessitates, on committee boat windward-leeward and round the can courses, will satisfy the keenly competitive spirit of the one design classes, while handicap classes and larger yachts will sail over round-the-cans mid-Solent courses. Finish lines at the end of each day will be on or near the Club’s shore line so it’s quick and easy to get ashore.

A full social calendar of after-racing activity, including the legendary daily afternoon tea and cakes at the Clubhouse, adds to the fun and social atmosphere of the week.

Over the fourteen previous years of the event the Royal London has built up an enviable reputation for international level race management, good courses and fast results, no mean feat considering that racing is underway each day on five separate race courses.

Cowes Classics Week is immensely grateful to all our supporting sponsors.

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Llallows Boatyard
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Kendalls Fine Art Gallery