David Gower, Regatta Chairman
Gill Smith, PRO
Anna Howie, Regatta Secretary
01983 300 727
ClearLine Communications Ltd
Notes to Editors:
Please contact the Press Officer if you are a journalist covering the event and need to get out on the water. There may also be spaces to crew on a competing yacht for members of the media. All photographs to be obtained from our official photographer, Tim Jeffreys. Contact the Press Officer.
About Cowes Classics Week
Cowes Classics Week, now in its 12th year represents the camaraderie and corinthian values that underpin our great sport. The event is organised by the Royal London YC, assisted by the other Cowes Clubs. The Week is intended for all metre boats; 12mR, 8mR, 6mR, 5.5mR and Daring (glass 5.5s), Classic dayboats and one designs including, but not restricted to, Dragon (classic and modern), Solent Sunbeam, Bembridge/Classic Redwing, Seaview Mermaid, Swallow, Squib, Victory, XOD, Bembridge, Royal Burnham and Yarmouth One Designs, Star, Tempest, Vintage Dragon and Flying Fifteen. Classic yachts include, but are not restricted to, Folkboat, SCOD, S&S Swans, Nicholson 32 & 36, Rustler 31, Twister, Stella and Spirit of Tradition yachts and one-offs that meet the eligibility criteria.
About the Sponsors:
Red Funnel is once again proud to sponsor Cowes Classics Week, this year as Signature Sponsor, and hopes that the discounted rates in place for the regatta will encourage even more mainland based boats and crew to take part this year.
Red Funnel operates vehicle and Red Jet Hi-Speed passenger ferry sailings throughout the year between Southampton and East and West Cowes, carrying in excess of 3.3 million passengers and 860,000 vehicles across the Solent. The company also offers ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages.
Winkworth is a leading estate agent with more than 90 franchised offices operating in the mid to upper segments of the UK residential housing market, with offices in locations along the South Coast of England including Brighton, Westbourne, Southbourne, Poole, Milford on Sea, Highcliffe, Mudeford, Brighton and Worthing. Winkworth has been a sponsor of Cowes Classics Week for several years by providing tea and cake after racing each day and presenting prices to race winners during the week.
Classic Boat Magazine is the international magazine for classic boats. Every month the world's most beautiful classic yachts and traditionally designed workboats are showcased alongside a wealth of news, opinions and reviews by the best writers in the business.
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is the statutory harbour authority for Cowes Harbour, with a jurisdiction from the Prince Consort north cardinal buoy in the Outer Harbour up the River Medina to the Folly. CHC provides logistical support to the event from the positioning of event branding to the provision of swinging moorings for dayboat classes and marina facilities for cruisers & metre boats.
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery exhibits an extensive collection of contemporary and traditional art together with sculptures and antiques. Throughout the year the gallery hosts regular exhibitions of both new and existing artists' work, as well as including displays of its extensive stock of fine art. It exhibits a range of fine art in different genres and medium, many of which are based around the sea and sailing. Kendalls hosts a Reception for competitors on Thursday.
Robert Oatley Vineyards is the latest venture of the Oatley family winemaking dynasty, which was founded by the late industry legend Bob Oatley. His legacy continues in his eldest son Sandy, who worked alongside his father for many years and inherited his passion for the wine industry.
Created in 2006, Robert Oatley Vineyards aims to embody the best that Australia can produce, matching classic grape varieties to the leading wine regions of Australia. Consistently scoring over 90 points with the critics and having collected too many medals to detail, the winery has been rated 5 Red Stars by the renowned wine critic James Halliday since 2013.
Yachting has always been in the blood of the Oatley family and their name is known worldwide for the Wild Oats XI superyacht – a record time holder and nine times winner of the blue water classic Sydney to Hobart race.
Clare Lallow was established in 1867 and has an unrivalled tradition of boat building, restoration, wood working and service. With dedicated painting, rigging, fabricating, sail making and engineering departments, Clare Lallow can offer a complete service to yachtsmen. They can use their cherry picker for mast work which would otherwise need the mast to be removed and they have a slipway for hauling out. They offer a round the clock repair service during Cowes Classics Week and other major sailing events and their fuel berth is open seven days a week.
Zhik UK was founded before the Athens Olympics when it was noticed that the sailing apparel markets could do with a spark of innovation. There was clearly scope to bring in technically proficient gear to help athletes win gold. Since then, Zhik has not only achieved this, but combined it with a fresh outlook in styling.
We now sell a brilliant range of products into an international network covering more than 40 countries, in Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific. Top sailors choose Zhik gear to win world championships, and demand it for their Olympic campaigns. The Zhik brand has a very strong presence with the elite athletes in sail racing.
In the centre of Cowes, the sailing capital of the world, you can find the Zhik UK store where you will find the most extensive range of Zhik under one roof anywhere in the UK. You'll also find here our experienced staff who will be able to help you with all of your requirements.