Racing Entry Information

© Guido Cantini

© Guido Cantini


Panerai British classic Week has a full and varied programme with racing organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron. With Squadron line starts and finishes it really is a spectacle for competitors and spectators alike. Racing starts on Sunday 14th July followed by a Nab Tower Race on the Monday. There are four further races over the week which includes a Long Inshore Race sponsored by Classic Boat on the Thursday and a final ‘round the cans’ race on Friday, the final race day of the regatta. A full programme of racing is available in the Notice of Race.

Eligibility - The Yachts

The regatta is open to yachts with a current IRC Rating Certificate

  • All yachts to be a minimum of 24ft (7.32m)LOD

  • A ‘Classic Yacht’ for the purpose of the regatta, is a monohull designed and built for recreational purposes in wood, steel or aluminium to a pre-1970 design by traditional build methods.

  • Modern Classic Yachts shall be Spirit Yachts or yachts that the Committee of BCYC consider to be built with the appearance of a ‘Classic’

  • Large Classic Yachts with length on deck 70ft (21.34m) and over, with a current IRC Certificate.

  • Cruising Classic Yachts – no IRC Certificate required.

Spinlock IRC Single Event Rating (SER)

For 2019, Panerai British Classic Week will once again be able to accept Single Event Rating TCCs (previously known as Limited Validity TCC), and we hope that if you do not wish or need to get a full Spinlock IRC certificate, the option of racing with a Single Event Rating TCC at a reduced cost will encourage your participation in this event. 

The Singe Event Rating is an initiative by the RORC Rating Office for occasional IRC racers. If you are thinking of doing just one or two IRC events this year then the Spinlock IRC Single Event Rating may be for you. Please have a look at the introduction on the RORC Rating website to see whether it would fit your racing plans.


To add to the spectacle it is expected that all yachts will be berthed in Cowes Yacht Haven.  The British Classic Yacht Club has reserved the whole of the South Basin from midday Saturday 13th to midday Saturday 20th July.  Please inform the regatta office if you intend to berth elsewhere.