Cowes Spring Classics is a new regatta for classic wooden yachts designed before 1970, including: Cruisers & Cruiser Racers, Affordable Classic Cruisers around 25ft, Gaff Rigged Yachts & Pilot Cutters, Day Boats & Raters, Classic Metre Yachts plus Modern Spirit of Tradition Yachts. Non-racing Yachts and Motorboats are most welcome. Painting by Hugh Fairfax.
Although we expect people to take the racing seriously, it will very much be a relaxed regatta conducted in a gentlemanly manner in keeping with the age of the yachts. We aim to make the social side and the appreciation of the history of the competing yachts as important as the racing.
The racing will be organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club with two races on Saturday 12 May and one longer race on Sunday 13 May
All yachts will be berthed at Shepards Wharf Marina and the Sugar Store will be the focus for the shoreside activities, with a Crew BBQ on the Friday evening and an Evening Dinner on Saturday evening. The Prize Giving will take place after racing on Sunday.
Competitors may chose the handicap system they race under. The intention is for Cruisers & Cruiser Racers, Metre Yachts and Modern Spirit of Tradition Yachts to race to IRC Handicaps. Affordable Classic Cruisers and Day Boats under KLR handicaps. Gaff Rigged Yachts and Pilot Cutters according to OGA Handicaps.