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Cowes Week and the Cruising Association launch the inaugural Club Cruiser Trophy

by Peta Stuart-Hunt 29 Jul 18:13 UTC 31 July - 6 August 2021
Cowes Week and the CA launch Club Cruiser Trophy © The Cruising Association

Presented by the Cruising Association, the Club Cruiser Class is making its debut at Cowes Week in 2021, with racing from Saturday 31 July to Friday 6 August 2021.

Cowes Week is the jewel in the crown of the UK yacht racing calendar and kudos to all the teams competing for the inaugural Club Cruiser Class Trophy. With just over a day until racing kicks off on Saturday 31 July 2021, there are twenty-two teams entered in the all-new Club Cruiser Class and the stage is set to contest the challenging one race per day format.

The Club Cruiser Class features a diverse range of cruising yachts, who are switching from cruising to racing for Cowes Week. Racing on the renowned Solent waters, the Club Cruiser Class includes a Folkboat, Westerly Fulmar, Dehler 34, Dufour 38 and plenty of Bavaria and Beneteau Oceanis models amongst the eclectic line-up.

The forecast for the seven race series is predicted to be the typical mix of mid-Summer weather, throwing up everything from rain to sun to an all or nothing breeze. The Cruising Association wishes fair winds, great racing and lots of fun to all.

Lucy Gray, General Manager of the Cruising Association, commented, "The Cruising Association is delighted to welcome so many entries in the inaugural Club Cruiser Class and we know teams will enjoy the world renowned Solent race track and wonderful shore side hospitality that Cowes Week serves up. Cowes Week is one of the world's oldest and most esteemed sailing regattas, steeped in history and an event where you don't have to be a world beater to compete."

Gray continued, "Whether you are out there to win or just happy to be on the leader board, the Cruising Association wishes all teams in the Club Cruiser Class a fantastic experience and many happy memories."

The Cruising Association's motivation to become presenting sponsor of the Club Cruiser Class Trophy is to encourage and celebrate the many sailors who enjoy competitive racing, alongside cruising and exploring new waters and returning to old favourites.

Celebrating seven days of competition on the waters of the Solent, the shiny new Cruising Association Trophy will be presented to the winning team by Alison Hadley, Chair of the Cruising Association Council, at the Cowes Week prize-giving on Friday 6 August. The winning team will also receive an engraved Cruising Association glass goblet and recognising their achievements all top three finishers will be presented with Cruising Association goodie bags.

You can follow all the action, live tracking and more via the Cowes Week multimedia platforms at

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