More Races added to Cowes Grand Slam

Following talks between the Cowes Week organisers and the UK Committee, this event moves from a 7 race series to an 11 race series.

There will now be 3 races per day on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday and 2 races on the Tuesday.

The first race of each day is likely to start on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, off Cowes slighty earlier athn most other fleets, this race is likely to finish on a committee boat line on the Hill Head Plateau.

The second race of the day will be a committee boat start and a straight windward/leeward course similar to our other International events.

Race 3 will obviously start in the vicinity of Hill Head and will finish off Cowes on either the RYS line or this year’s new finish line.

This combination ramps up the amount of racing for SB20 sailors, provides variety and combines windward leeward courses with traditional Cowes Week courses, while most fleets at CowesWeek will only have one race per day.

 Committee member Peter Noe commented, “I like the idea of 3 races per day and 2 on Tuesday.  The more races the better.” While treasurer and veteran of the class, Charlie Whelan summed it up, “Great idea!”

The organisers will reflect the updated plans in the forthcoming Sailing Instructions.

Teams who wish to race for the rest of the week will enjoy one longer “round the cans,” race per day for Wednesday-Saturday.

More information on this event can be found on the class website at



  • Tom

    Sounds even better than the last few years. Will there be the drinks party at the squadron again?

  • Doug Innes

    Hi Tom

    Yes, the RYS Drinks Reception will be happening again on the Monday, and we are all looking forward to it. We will email entrants with details nearer the time. There is also a class party on the Saturday, Class Dinner/BBQ at RORC on the Sunday and for those staying the full week a class supper at the Folly on the Thursday.

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