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Cowes Classics Week returns in 2013

Thu 14 Feb 2013

Cowes Classics Week returns in 2013

The sixth annual Cowes Classics Week will return to the Isle of Wight this year, with the event to attract thousands of avid sailing fans.

Taking place from July 15th to 19th, the regatta is set to draw thousands of visitors and promises to be bigger and better than ever this year, with a host of new classes and fleets taking part.

All of the major metre classes are to be represented in 2013, with the return of the 6mR and 12mR disciplines, while 8mR vessels will be taking part for the first time.

Furthermore, this year will witness the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Sunbeam fleet, with the group having been staunch supporters of the annual showcase since its inception back in 2008.

A further new class for entrants has been added to the schedule of events for this year's regatta following a number of requests from vessel owners, with classic cruiser/racers also to be allowed entry in 2013 for the first time.

Meanwhile, last month witnessed the opening of applications for this year's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race regatta, which will be taking place on June 1st and will see a number of new entries for 2013, including 47-year-old Stuart Palmer of Teignmouth in Devon.

He will be accompanied by veteran sailors Julian Weyer Brown - winner of the Family Class in 2006 - and Mathew Owen.

"We race at our home club and at the Torbay Regatta but the Round the Island Race is the biggest event for us to compete in. Even the delivery trip from Devon is a big adventure," commented Mr Palmer.

"During 2012 we achieved second in the Cruiser Class at Torbay Week and won 'Fleet 2' at our local club, Teign Corinthian Yacht Club. We consider these very good results given the age of the boat and third-hand sails!"ADNFCR-3083-ID-801540797-ADNFCR

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