Taking place taking place over the weekend of 15-17th May, organisers Mary Scott-Jackson of MSJ Events and Martin Nott, a wooden boat builder, are expecting a wide range of participating yachts in 2020 with many new interested owners already making contact about how they can enter.
Due to a calendar clash (and the opportunity to race on neap tides), the racing is being organised by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club in 2020. Also for 2020, 2 new classes are being introduced – a Non-Spinnaker Cruising Class racing with the main fleet but aimed at those boats with fewer crew. The other class is “racing for people who don’t like racing” with timed races – no handicaps, no stress, challenge friends with similar yachts, perfect for class associations wanting to join the regatta for fun.
The regatta will once again be based at Shepards Marina, using the historic Sugar Store as its social hub. Entries are encouraged from Cruisers and Cruiser racers, Gaff Rigged yachts and Pilot Cutters, Day Boats and Raters, Classic Metre yachts, affordable Classic Cruisers plus modern Spirit of Tradition yachts.
Co-organiser Martin Nott said:
“The 2020 regatta will benefit from neap tides, making life easier for everyone, particularly the smaller boats. Cowes Spring Classics has separate classes and starts for Bermudan and Gaff rigged boats, with Bermudan yachts racing to IRC handicap and Gaffers using OGA handicap. We are really pleased that our original inclusive concept for all types and sizes of classic yachts has proved so popular. With the help of all our sponsors we look forward to widening the appeal of Cowes Spring Classics even further.”