The enthusiasm of classic boat sailors to get back on the water is evidenced by the record entries received this year.
Over 190 yachts will race off Cowes next week, testing their skills over a variety of racecourses and creating a spectacle for visitors.
Strict adhesion to the ongoing Covid-19 regulations has required some amendments to the social program but the organiser, the Royal London Yacht Club, is confident that all competitors and visitors will enjoy a safe and rewarding program of events.
New for 2021 is Cowes Classics Day on Tuesday 6th July, during which a large collection of interesting classic cars will assemble on The Parade together with exhibits from the Classic Boat Museum.
On Trinity Landing, just off The Parade, will be Motor Gun Boat 81, built for war service in 1943 and recently fully restored complete with period gunnery! MGB 81 will be joined by a small selection of smaller classic power boats.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail single-handed non-stop around the world, has entered his famous ketch “Suhaili” for the week’s racing and she will be moored on Trinity Landing when not racing.
Regatta Chairman, David Gower, said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming old friends and new to Cowes for a fantastic week of Corinthian racing. Over 100 volunteers have worked for many months to organise and resource the regatta which would be impossible without the support of our sponsors. We are grateful to them all.”
Racing starts from 4 offshore committee vessels and the Royal London start line in Cowes from 10.30 every day. Excellent views of the racing are available from The Parade.