Welcome to Cowes Spring Classics

Yachts Invited to Join the Regatta

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.

Rules of the Regatta

  • The Regatta will be conducted in the Corinthian Spirit and in a Gentlemanly Manner in keeping with the age of the competing yachts:
  • No Cheating
  • No Collisions
  • No Complaining
  • (Usual RYA small print applies)

Our Mission

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.   

Racing and the Social Scene

Racing Timetable

The racing will be organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club with two races on Saturday 18 May and two races on Sunday 19 May.  

The Shoreside Scene

All yachts will be berthed at Shepards 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.

Regatta Ratings

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.

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