Over 170 entries for Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week 2015
Charles Stanley Cowes Classic Week takes place on 20th to 24th July and judging by a bumper number of entries, is poised to be even more spectacular than last year. Entries are standing at 170 (July 16th) including the Squibs and Mermaids expected on the Tuesday and Thursday.
Once again the Classics, including the 6 metres, Darings (glass 5.5s), Solent Sunbeams, Swallows, XODs, Flying Fifteens, Bembridge One Designs and the return of the Classic Dayboat Class, will be attending the five day event.
Racing will be organised by the Royal London Yacht Club with support from RORC/Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Island Sailing Club and Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club.
Back to defend their 2014 titles include overall winner of the event and current Charles Stanley 1792 Cup holder Richard Hargreaves in his Twister Sea Urchin, who also won the Harken Trophy. Kim Slater from Parkstone winner of last year’s largest class, the XODs, will also be back to try to hold off his 60-odd rivals for the Haines Boatyard Trophy on a dedicated championship course which has been specially arranged for them.
Malcolm Lofts will be defending his 2014 win in the Daring Class as the current holder of the Loup Garou Model; Jo Burnie who won the Cowes Classics Week Cup in his Solent Sunbeam in 2013 and 2014; David Shaw winner of the Bembridge One Design Red Funnel Plate in 2014 and David Hopkins who has won the Old Gaffer Class for the last three years in his lovely little yacht Chough.
Celebration of Classic Yachts
The first ever Cowes Classics Week took place in 2008 as a modest event for metre and classic dayboats. The event has since welcomed classic yachts such as the Nicholsons, SCODs, Twisters, and Folkboats and many beautiful one offs, and for the first time the Contessa 26 class whose winner will receive the Queen Victoria Jubilee Cup to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The Old Gaffers are still going strong with two classes, one racing from a committee boat and the larger boats racing from the RLYC shoreline with the classic yachts, plus there are some spirit of tradition French designed Tofinous entered.
Yachts, representing 30 yacht clubs both in the UK and overseas, will be competing in 12 different classes over a number of race courses. Interest from newcomers continues to grow – over 50 entrants didn’t compete last year. Energetic crews from the UK and overseas will be participating.
Find out more about Charles Stanly Cowes Class Week here.
Photos: Tim Jeffreys
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