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Cowes Small Ships Race

Annual Cowes Race

The next Cowes Small Ships Race will be on the 4th October 2014. Entry is open now, find the forms through the link on the left.


The first Cowes Small Ships Race happened in 2004 and it has become a very popular event in the Sail Training calendar since. Entries usually number around 30 vessels for the event which now takes place on the first Saturday of October every year. Sail Training vessels aren't the only ones taking part: teams have been entered from the MCA, the Army, and from the 'Captain's Daughters', an informal group that usually volunteer as watchleaders with various Sail Training organisations. The only rule to take part is that half of the crew need to be under 25. 

Participating boats gather in Cowes on Friday afternoon, with a race on the Saturday and prize giving on Saturday evening. For more details please contact ASTO or check the links on the left.


The 10th Cowes Small Ships Race was on 5th October 2013

Even though there was hardly any wind and very strong tides, the crew and trainees on the 25 Sail Training vessels taking part seemed to have a great time on the water. Only one boat actually crossed the finish line!  All others declared their position at a specified time, and the race committee calculated how they would have done had they completed the course.

A huge thank you to all the competing Skippers who kept their crews in good spirits throughout the race. The fact that all the trainees could take part, despite one boat dropping out, is credit to the friendly and inclusive attitude of the UK Sail Training fleet.

Thank you to all the boats that took on crew members to make this happen. Read the race report.

The full list of results is here.