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Cowes Classics Week News


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 Bentley on display

Cowes Classics Day continues to build momentum with an exciting line-up of classic cars, vintage buses and historic motor vessels now confirmed.

Admission is free of charge and visitors will have the opportunity to view 50 beautifully presented classic cars, together with some vintage buses and historic motor vessels at The Parade in Cowes.

Of particular interest to classic car enthusiasts might be the Rolls Royce 20/25, the Aston Martin DB2/4 or the Ferrari 365GTC ‘Daytona'. The Rolls Royce was bought new in 1933 by the current owner’s grandfather and the Aston Martin was first owned by the jazz trombonist Chris Barber, who raced her at Silverstone.

Alberta at full song - Photo credit Sandy Miller

Classic yachts always have a story to tell and those recently entered for Cowes Classics Week 2022 are no exception.

The event attracts a wide variety of classic yachts ranging from fleets of one-design dayboats, to unique classics from a bygone era. Among the latter this year you will find Sally of Kames, owned by Alan and Jackie Stannah, and Charm of Rhu, owned by RLYC Commodore Martin Thomas. A previous owner of both yachts was a man with a passion for speed and a lively sense of humour. Ninian Sanderson, a racing driver from the 1950s, won Le Mans in 1956 in a Jaguar D-Type and many yacht regattas in the 1960s. Sadly, Sanderson did not win anything in Charm of Rhu but Thomas will do his best to turn things around in Cowes in 2022!

Charm of Rhu running

Those wishing to benefit from a discount when they enter for Cowes Classics Week 2022 may still do so, but time is running out.

The discount ends at midnight on Friday 6th May. The world’s biggest classic yacht regatta of its kind is open to classic yachts built in wood or steel before 1975, or GRP yachts designed at least 50 years ago. All classic S&S-designed yachts including Swans and S&S 34s, regardless of design date, are invited. Spirit of Tradition yachts designed to classic lines are also welcomed. There will be a non-spinnaker division for classic yachts above 30’ in length. Racing is run from 27th June to 1st July.

Entries are already in from fleets of classic dayboats, GRP classics such as Contessa 32s and Twisters, and some beautiful wooden yachts from a bygone era. Fleets of Darings, XODs, Solent Sunbeams, Swallows, Seaview Mermaids and others will compete on windward/leeward courses while individual yachts will compete on classic round-the-cans courses around the Solent.

With the Round The Island Race and Cowes Classics Day to start the week and a full program of social events at the Cowes yacht clubs, there’s a whole week of racing, entertainment and fun to be enjoyed.

Early bird rates are available now and the Notice of Race can be found here. For eligibility enquiries, please contact the organisers, the Royal London Yacht Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To enter, click here.

XOD's get a clean start

The Royal London Yacht Club is pleased to be organising what we hope will be a covid free back to normal Cowes Classics Week 2022 from the 25 June to 1 July.

A reminder that the event is a week earlier this year and that Early Bird entry discount ends on Friday 6th May.

There are expectations of interesting new entries in the classic yacht and old gaffer classes and of course our loyal regulars in all classes, including the Solent and Chichester Harbour classic dayboats.

Cowes Classics Week follows immediately after the Round the Island Race, providing a week of varied, challenging and fun racing in Cowes.

Furthermore, on Sunday 26th June over 60 high quality classic cars and interesting classic boats will assemble on the Parade and the Trinity Landing for the 2nd edition of Cowes Classics Day.

Early bird rates are available now and the Notice of Race can be found here. For eligibility enquiries, please contact the organisers, the Royal London Yacht Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To enter, click here.

Red Funnel Discount

We are delighted to announce that Red Funnel are offering up to 50% discounts on their car ferry route from Southampton to East Cowes. A promotional code will be emailed to you upon request to the RLYC Office following entry.

Jaguars on The Parade

Owners of Classic Cars are invited to join the annual Cowes Classics Week yachting regatta and display their cars on The Parade, Cowes PO31 7QS.

Participation for Classic Cars is free of charge with online registration. There are also social events shown below with discounted prices as long as you book online by 23:59 on Friday 17 June 2022.


Classic Boats will be moored on Trinity Landing in front of The Parade, the flagship being the magnificent classic Motor Yacht ‘Lillian'. Owners of classic boats wishing to take part should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be happy to help with all enquiries.


Owners are warmly invited to polish up their classic cars and join, free of charge, what promises to be a quite wonderful display in front of Cowes' famous yacht clubs on The Parade.

Cowes Classics Week 2020 Notice of Race tile

Notice of Race Amendment No.1 for Cowes Classics Week 2022. 

An amendment to the Notice of Race has been published today 7 April 2022.

Amendment to Notice of Race No 1

Cowes Classics Week 2020 Notice of Race tile

The Notice of Race for Cowes Classics Week 2022 has now been published.  

The Notice of Race has been published today 1 March 2022, and online entries are now open.

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.

Download the Notice of Race from the online Official Notice Board ››

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