Registration opens for the 20th anniversary of British Classic Week

Founded in 2002 and organized by the British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), British Classic Week will celebrate its 20and 16th birthdayand at 23rd July in Cowes this year. Registration is now open for the regatta, which is expected to be a celebration of classic yachts on and off the water.

British Classic WeekCriteria for entry are IRC Classic Yachts of 24ft and above or Spirit of Tradition Modern Classic Yachts of wood or steel construction. This year the regatta will welcome a new class for gaff rigged yachts to race under the latest OGA ratings. Classic cruising yachts and motorboats are also invited to join British Classic Week to watch the races, explore the local waters and enjoy the social scene.

Commodore Jonathan Dyke of the BCYC commented:and edition of British Classic Week has been high, and this year we expect a wide range of classic and modern classic yachts from across the UK and Europe. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Cowes to celebrate 20 years of classic yacht racing and camaraderie.

Sailors will take part in a series of six races of varying courses, including races around the canisters and the 30nm Nab Tower race which includes the iconic Horse Sand and No Mans Land Forts. Race management organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron will see beautifully maintained classic yachts compete against the historic and scenic backdrop of the Isle of Wight.

Experienced spectators will be able to get up close to the action on the water and watch the line start and finish in front of the famous Royal Yacht Squadron.

With drink brands Adnams, Hattiers Rum and Dartmouth Gin offering festive drinks delivered directly to yachts after crossing the finish line, the social scene promises to be lively both on and off the water.

The social program includes the traditional welcome reception on the lawn of the Royal Yacht Squadron on Sunday 17and July. Tuesday 19and In July, regatta participants will have the opportunity to browse the fleet of timeless classics at the Open Yachts Pontoon Party (sponsored by Classic Boat with drinks from Hattiers Rum and Dartmouth Gin). The regatta will conclude with a prize-giving dinner on Friday evening.

This year’s British Classic Week will see continued sponsorship from OneSails GBR and Spirit Yachts, with support from the Suffolk Yacht Harbor event and traditional Classic Marine rigging. The main British publication on classic and traditional boats, Classic Boat magazine, remains the media partner of the regatta.

British Classic Week Tall Ships Youth Trust

The regatta’s charity partnership with the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sailing training charity, Tall Ships Youth Trust, continues into its second year for 2022. The collaboration raises awareness and raises funds for the work of the association which helps underprivileged young people realize their life potential through adventures at sea. .

Jonathan Dyke commented: “British Classic Week began in 2002, when a group of like-minded owners launched a regatta to celebrate classic yachts and the people who maintain them. While the regatta has evolved, the philosophy is the same: quality racing, camaraderie and a shared appreciation of beautiful classic yachts.

The motto of regatta organiser, BCYC, is Per Ardua ad Marum (Through hard work to the seas), honoring the commitment required to own and maintain a classic yacht. Most of the classic yachts that take part in the regatta are privately owned, which means that for many their upkeep is solely due to the dedication of their owners and crew.

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