It was terrific to see so many returning competitors to the 15th Edition of Cowes Classics Week joined by lots of newcomers including the magnificent Swan 65 Eve from Sydney Australia.
At a time when many regatta’s are reporting declining numbers we are delighted that Cowes Classics Week is showing modest increases year on year. It is not our aim to make the regatta bigger, but we do strive to make it better.
Following this link will take you to our Wash Up Survey. We have changed it a little this year and are sending it out much sooner as many of you requested last year. We do carefully consider every returned survey and respond to what we learn. This enables us to continually improve the regatta so do please take a few minutes to complete and return the survey as the more responses we have the higher the quality of data.
The generosity of Mazars Charitable Trust and the competitors raised almost £4,000 for our charities Autism on the Water and UKSA who both do so much in different ways to encourage young people to go to sea in boats and benefit from their experiences. The financial contribution from Cowes Classics Week is a tremendous help to them and those of you that attended the regatta Dinner will have heard first hand of the work that they do, and the results achieved.
This year we welcomed Tom Rusbridge as our PRO (photo right). Last year Tom worked with Peter Taylor and Gill Smith who between them have many years experience of managing big regattas including the Olympics. Many of you commented to me that Tom showed great empathy with the regatta and enjoyed his approach as he stamped his own style on the regatta. We hope to welcome Tom back to Cowes Classics Week in 2024.
Tim Jeffreys, the regatta photographer, took some amazing photographs every day of the week. He tries to capture every boat in the regatta so do look through the gallery on the web site and if you like what you see you can purchase the image at very reasonable rates.
Our work for this year is done but very soon preparations start for Cowes Classics Week 6th – 12th July 2024.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Cowes.
Cowes Classics Week 2023