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Cowes Classics Week - XOD rocking and a rollin!Dear Competitor

Thank you for having joined us previously at Cowes Classics Week. If you enjoyed yourself so much that you are considering joining us in 2023, please note the following dates in your diary

  • Cowes Classics Week: 9th to 14th Jul (racing from Mon 10th to Fri 14th Jul inc.)
  • Cowes Classics Day: Sun 9th Jul

We want to make the regatta even better

As part of our efforts to continually improve your experience at Cowes Classics Week, we would love to understand what you thought about your most recent regatta experience.

To that end, we have constructed a questionnaire which we really hope you will find a few moments to complete.

Even if you unreservedly enjoyed your most recent Cowes Classics Week and have no suggestions for improvement, we’d still like to know, so please skip straight to Q21 (you don't have to answer all the questions and can simply click to the next page).

Many thanks for your help.

The Cowes Classics Week Team

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Cowes Classics Week - The regatta team in 2022

I would like to give a big thank you to all those who competed in Cowes Classics Week 2022.

The event was smaller this year like many others but the feedback we have had is that it was a successful regatta on and off the water, with a great bonus of getting five days of racing in reasonably steady south westerlies, a bit spiky on Monday and Tuesday and champagne sailing on the Friday. If you enjoyed the event, please do recommend it to others.

Cowes Classics Week - The final Daring start.Day 5 of Cowes Classics Week saw West South West to South South Westerly winds of up to 20 knots and lots of sunshine providing exciting champagne sailing.

All classes had one race only, windward/leeward laid marks for the dayboats, while the classic yachts had a cracking beat to the west along the Green to East Lepe and Cowes Yacht Haven against the flood tide, which must have provided some great spectator viewing, and then to the east to finish off a great week.

Cowes Classics Week - Class three, Mandamus.Day 4 of Cowes Classics Week saw South Westerly winds from 10 to 15 knots and some sun giving the competitors a good days racing in a crowded Solent which had four Cowes Classics Week race circuits, the Royal Southern SB20 Nationals and two RORC J Cup circuits, requiring a lot of race officer coordination and also a lot of shipping to plan around. Cowes Classics week again achieved two races for the classic dayboats and one race for the classic yachts.

The XODs raced on the bank from a committee vessel stationed near the Hillhead navigation buoy, with a windward leeward race and then a round the cans to a windward, and then leeward inflatable and then West Knoll, Royal Thames. The and final beat was across to Cowes Harbour on the Island shore and a final run to Donna off the Green, which was a challenging last leg due to lack of wind under the lee of the shore resulting in some place changing. Ben McGrane helming Swallow won the day followed by Gleam and Madelaine.

Cowes Classics Week - Class three, Folkboats chased by Tumlare 'Zest'.Day 3 of Cowes Classics Week saw South Westerly winds from 8 to 15 knots and some sun, giving competitors an easier day’s racing and enabling two races for the classic dayboats on the bank and one longer race for the classic yachts. Day visitors to the regatta were the Victorys, getting in three races, the last one being back to their base at Portsmouth.

The classic yachts were sent off to the west to Gurnard Ledge and Cowes Yacht Haven, and then down to the east as far as Howden Fastnet and the Royal Yacht Squadron racing mark over on the Lee on Solent shore, and then up and down to the Ryde Middle, before finishing on the Royal London line at Cowes. The Old Gaffers had a course to Williams Shipping, not as far to windward, then to Royal Thames, East Bramble up to the Ryde Middle and home.

Cowes Classics Week - Daring, DebutanteDay 2 of Cowes Classics Week saw South South Westerly winds of up to 20 knots and some sun, giving the competitors a great but hard days racing. The excellent conditions enabled two good races for the classic dayboats on the bank, and one longer race for the classic yachts racing from the shoreline in the deeper water of the Solent.

The classic yachts were sent off to the west as far as Salt Mead and Elephant Boatyard and then down to the east as far as Ancasta racing mark, just west of East Bramble, and finishing on the Royal London line at Cowes. Division 1 was won again by Bojar helmed by Mark Dowie followed by Crusade and Sunmaid V.

Cowes Classics Week XODDay one of Cowes Classics Week got off to a cracking start yesterday with a 25 knot rain squall running up the Solent, but this then settled down to a 15 to 20 knot South Westerly enabling two races for the classic dayboats and one longer race for the classic yachts.

The largest class, the X One Designs, had one windward leeward race out by Hill Head followed by a round the cans race culminating in a long beat to ‘Cowes Harbour’ racing mark inshore of the Gurnard navigation buoy and a sparkling run in a building breeze to finish at ‘Donna’ off Cowes Green. John Tremlett helming Astralita had a second and a first winning the day followed by Paul Woodman in Lone Star and Jonathan Clark in Tortoise.

In the Daring metre boats Giles Peckham, last year’s winner in Dauntless had a second and a third followed by Graham Wilkinson in Doublet and Malcolm Lofts in Streak. The Darings had two windward leeward races at the eastern end of the Bramble Bank along with the Mermaids who were won by Richard Rivlin in Bluebell.


In excess of 120 boats and over 500 crews and volunteers are assembling for Cowes Classics Week with racing starting on Monday 27th June.

Fourteen classes will compete for a grand assembly of Royal London Yacht Club trophies and they’re expected to be hotly contested. Both windward/leeward and round-the-cans racing is organised on four race circuits, all sponsored by GJW Direct.

CCW Sailing Instructions Tile 2022The Sailing Instructions for Cowes Classics Week 2022 have now been published and can be downloaded from the Offical Online Notice Board. or you can download it using this direct link.

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

Solent Sunbeam Rounding

Cowes Classics Week gets underway in just ten days, which gives skippers and keen crews plenty of time to study the Sailing Instructions which have just been published online.

You can find the Sailing Instructions ready for download from the Official Regatta Noticeboard area of the website, where we will also publish associated documents such as briefing notes when they become available.

Social Early Bird Discount Ending

Please remember that the discount for socials finishes this coming Friday at noon.

All those that book their social tickets before the lunchtime deadline on Friday 17 June enjoy a worthwhile 10% discount.

So if you have yet to organise yourselves and popped over to the website to book discounted tickets online, you need to get a move on. To help your planning we’ve listed the key events below.

Classic Boat Magazine
Ratsey and Lapthorn
Llallows Boatyard
Fawley Waterside
World Leisurewear
Mermaid Gin Isle of Wight Distillery
Cowes Harbour Commission
Red Funnel Ferries
GJW Insurance
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
GJW Insurance