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ENTRIES START TO ROLL IN FOR COWES CLASSICS WEEK

Photo: Tim Jeffries

A pretty little 1927 one-off yacht is one of the first entries for the 12th Cowes Classics Week.

Chough, owned by Alex Kathrin Vowinckel, typifies the spirit of the event which, despite being a draw for vintage yachts and designs from all over the UK and beyond, is hotly contested on the race course. Chough’s entry is one of a steady flow of yachts whose numbers are likely to reach in excess of 180 if previous years are anything to go by.

Preparation for the event is now officially underway. With the launch last week of the new 2019 website, competitors can now find information and enter the event at www.cowesclassicsweek.org.

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Cowes Classics Week has grown strongly since its inaugural regatta and this year many truly classic yachts will once again be coming back to compete in a week which offers thrilling Solent race courses and evening entertainment.

The newly formed classic Swan Division is already taking shape with the entry of Stephen Brookson’s Kiswala. Meanwhile the XOD class entries are starting to arrive in a class that is likely to number more than 50 entries.

Regatta Chairman David Gower has taken the lead in the Darings, logging the first entry, Dolphin, in that class. He comments:

“I’m very much looking forward to some stiff competition on the water and on behalf of the Royal London YC we are excited about welcoming both new and returning competitors for a week of Corinthian racing at the spiritual home of British yachting.

“With the 8 Metre World Championships being held in Cowes the week before Cowes Classics Week, we expect a good number of these magnificent yachts to stay on and enjoy a further five days racing on the Solent.”

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For the classes which include classic cruisers, XODs, Darings, Dragons, Solent Sunbeams, Swallows, metre yachts, Old Gaffers and other classic keelboat designs, the week will once again provide thrilling Solent race courses and evening entertainment.

Red Funnel is, for the first time, the Signature Sponsor of the Event. The afternoon Winkworth Tea and Cakes are legendary, held after racing each afternoon at the organising club, the Royal London Yacht Club. Cowes Corinthian YC and the Island Sailing Club are opening their doors for social events as well, while the RORC and the Royal Thames YC are helping on the water.

Cowes Classics Week will be held from 27th July to 2nd August 2019 with racing from 29th July.

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