Please select your home edition
X-Yachts Leaderboard 2024 2

Cowes Classics Week announces new link with Classic Channel Regatta and YCC for “Five Lights” Series

by Cowes Classics Week 28 Feb 10:25 UTC 8-14 July 2023
Cowes Classics Week 2024 announces new link with The Classic Channel Regatta and Yacht Club Classique for the “Five Lights” Series © Cowes Classics Week

The Notice of Race will be published and entries opened to the 2024 event early in March. The regatta website can be found at

The second biggest annual regatta in Cowes is run by sailors for sailors, involving over 90 volunteers over 4 race courses offering excellent Corinthian racing conditions. Each year the organisers note carefully the competitors' comments and make appropriate changes to ensure an ever-improving experience. In response to a significant number of comments a Pursuit Race for dayboats will be offered on Monday 8th July followed by series races from Tuesday to Friday morning. Shoreline racing will be Monday to Friday. This enables those that wish to enjoy a whole week of racing to do so but offers others the choice to race for 3.5 days.

The Classic Channel Race is a well-established part of the Yacht Club Classique "Five Lights Series" and enjoyed by a number of Cowes Classics Week competitors. The two events have now agreed a formal co-operation and The Classic Cowes-Dartmouth Race will start on Sunday 14th July on the Royal London YC line, giving those yachts competing in Classics Week Friday afternoon and Saturday to prepare for the race to Dartmouth.

The Solent Sunbeams and Swallows are looking forward to another memorable week racing on the Solent with the elegant Darings and Dragons from Cowes amongst many others. A new class for 2024 are the Rustler 33s who hope to present enough boats for a class start.

The regatta offers the KLR handicap system to those yachts not racing as one a design fleet, but in a response to competitors' comments for 2024 yachts may choose their own handicap system providing all those competing together in a class can agree!

Cowes Classics Day to be held on Sunday 7th July has become an established prelude to the racing. In addition to the 50 + classic and interesting cars with their enthusiastic owners filling the Parade, we will also welcome several classic motor boats, a visit by a WWII Motor Gun Boat and flying displays including a Spitfire. There will be a programme of activities throughout the day and participants in Cowes Classics Week and Classics Day will be able to enjoy lunch and full afternoon tea in the Royal London Clubhouse. We expect to exceed last year's Cowes Classics Day attendance of over 1000 people.

For more information please visit the website.

Related Articles

Everything to know about a circumnavigation
The live webinar will feature a panel of veteran circumnavigators Oyster Yachts invites sailors and adventurers alike to ask their hottest circumnavigation questions to a panel of circumnavigators and bluewater sailing experts at a live Q&A session discussing the Oyster World Rally. Posted today at 1:31 pm
Lagoon World Escapade
A success in every corner of the world It all started with a crazy idea from the Lagoon teams: how could the whole Lagoon family celebrate the turquoise brand's 40th anniversary together? Posted on 25 May
Reef shark conservation
Depending on a combination of protected areas & national fisheries management Marine protected areas (MPAs), areas that provide legal protection to important marine and coastal ecosystems, often have more reef sharks compared to non-protected areas Posted on 25 May
Young cancer survivors to join sailing adventures
With Dame Ellen MacArthur's charity this summer Hundreds of young cancer survivors from across the UK are looking forward to inspirational sailing adventures this summer, as the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust gets set for its biggest year yet. Posted on 25 May
Henri-Lloyd Explorer Shorts 2.0
Engineered from recycled materials, these shorts offer a 4-way stretch for maximum flexibility Engineered from recycled materials, these shorts offer a 4-way stretch for maximum flexibility, ensuring you stay agile during any outdoor activity. Posted on 24 May
SSCA Presents the Penobscot Bay Mini Gam
Taking place July 27th & 28th in Rockland, Maine Mark your calendars! You are invited to the Penobscot Bay Mini GAM in Rockland, Maine, hosted by the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA). If you are heading Northeast after departing the lower USA, join us for a fun time in Rockland, Maine. Posted on 24 May
NOAA offers Inflation Reduction Act funding
To the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NOAA Fisheries is providing $6 million in Inflation Reduction Act funding to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Posted on 24 May
The Ocean Cleanup to complete 100th extraction
The first ever to be livestreamed direct from the Pacific Ocean The Ocean Cleanup is set to reach a milestone of 100 plastic extractions from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Posted on 23 May
ARC Europe 2024 sails the Atlantic to Europe
32 yachts departed from Bermuda bound for the Azores, then Europe 32 boats are sailing in the 24th edition of ARC Europe, World Cruising Club's west-to-east transatlantic rally from the Caribbean or the US, heading to Europe via Bermuda and the Azores. Posted on 22 May
Mishi Yachts carbon-composite sailing yachts
Yonca Shipyard is making waves in the yachting world with a new sailing brand Turkey's well regarded Yonca Shipyard is making waves in the yachting world with a new sailing brand aimed at those who want both power and elegance. Posted on 22 May
Cyclops Marine 2023 November - FOOTERCrewsaver 2021 Safetyline FOOTERNoble Marine 2022 SW - FOOTER