Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Charles Stanley reveals headline sponsorship for Cowes Classics Week

by Magnus Wheatley on 9 Jan 2014
Chris Dawson, Commodore of the Royal London Yacht Club (left) exchanging pennants with Mike Lilwall, Director of Charles Stanley Group PLC at the announcement of the deal at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on 7th January 2014. Jake Sugden Photography
Charles Stanley is ecstatic to reveal that it has agreed headline terms of sponsorship for the 2014 Cowes Classics Week sailing event. The regatta, organised by the Royal London Yacht Club, is one of the highlights of the Classic sailing circuit and this year will hopefully see more than 150 yachts with some 700 crew competing in the Solent.

The event will run from the 21st- 25th July 2014 and this year will draw entries from a wide-range of yachts and dayboats from ex-America’s Cup 12-Metres to the smallest boats, the two-man Flying Fifteen Class. The ever popular day boats including the XODs, Darings, Sunbeams and Classic Day boat class traditionally draw the largest fleets whilst the Classic Cruiser/Racer division will be boosted by the inclusion of the SCODS, Twisters and Stellas, and the glass Nicholson 32’s and 36’s and Rustler 31’s – now 50 years old. Furthermore, both the XOD and Sunbeam fleets will be using the event as a significant championship in 2014.

The 8 Metre Class Association is also confident of significant attendees and 6 Metres will continue to support the event, making the 2014 Charles Stanley Cowes Classic Week a ‘must-do’ event on the South Coast yachting calendar. Family entries are encouraged and the event looks forward to welcoming previous competitors in this, its seventh year of establishment. On the Solent there will be five daily courses run by the Royal London Yacht Club supported by the Royal Corinthian YC, Royal Victoria YC, Island Sailing Club and Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club.

Off the water, the social schedule is equally impressive with an opening reception supported by Charles Stanley, tea and homemade cake after racing each day provided by Winkworth, the Haines Boatyard reception on Tuesday, a supper at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Fishbourne on Wednesday, a Harken sponsored race-day and prize giving on Thursday and the Charles Stanley race-day and overall prize-giving on Friday.

Speaking about the sponsorship Mike Lilwall, Group PLC Director of Charles Stanley and a keen sailor himself commented: 'We are delighted to be supporting the Cowes Classics Week and the Royal London Yacht Club. We see significant business synergies with the owners and crews of the Classic fleets and we look forward to an outstanding regatta. Charles Stanley can trace its origins back to 1792 whilst the Royal London YC enters its 176th year having been established in 1838 and whilst we don?t expect yachts of those eras to be competing, we look forward to seeing beautiful classics as well as some modern-classics competing.'

Peter Taylor, the Chairman of Cowes Classics Week since its inception in 2008 and Vice Commodore of the Royal London Yacht Club, stated 'We are delighted that such a prestigious organisation as Charles Stanley has taken headline sponsorship of Cowes Classics Week, particularly as it has such strong sailing connections. We consider that this will significantly raise the profile of the event providing good exposure for the sponsors, and we will be able to provide improved facilities to the competitors on and off the water which will enhance the quality of the event.'

Charles Stanley has made this additional commitment to the sport of sailing in 2014 alongside its continuing support of the Stock Exchange Sailing Association and the Royal Solent Yacht Club?s annual regatta which takes place immediately after the Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week.
Zhik Yachting 660x82Mackay BoatsBarz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop to assess climate-related risks to the Great Barrier Reef over the coming months. Current predictions by the Bureau of Meteorology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are for a summer of average sea temperatures across the Great Barrier Reef.
Posted on 7 Dec
Speed Thrills. Pain Kills. Minimise potential damage with Kollition™
We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. One brand, Zhik®, was the first to develop a range of lightweight, low profile, flexible and waterproof padding in a purpose built wetsuit to help protect the sailors from damage when they or boat stops abruptly.
Posted on 7 Dec
Figaro Bénéteau 3 – The world’s first production foiling monohull
In 2019, as the Solitaire URGO celebrates 50th anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its predecessor In 2019, as the Solitaire URGO– Le Figaro celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its illustrious predecessor, the Figaro Bénéteau 2, which has been sailing the length and breadth of the French and Atlantic coasts since 2003.
Posted on 6 Dec
The Bridge – The Queen Mary – Essence of historical transatlantic race
The Bridge has invited the Queen Mary 2 to take part in an ocean challenge in a race against a fleet of giant trimarans On 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of The Bridge was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. The Bridge, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York.
Posted on 3 Dec
Mark Light appointed Race Director of Clipper Round the World Race
Mark replaces former Race Director Justin Taylor who decided to stand down after almost a decade with the company. With four years’ experience assisting the race planning, he is now looking forward to stepping up to the lead role, one of the most challenging that exists in global sailing.
Posted on 28 Nov
Predictwind release improved racing and cruising routing function
PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach to what has been a black art of weather routing, used to chose the fastest route for racers or most comfortable route for cruisers.
Posted on 28 Nov
Only room for one at the top
The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. Zhik® is the market leader in waterproof durability with a new standard that replicates the real world sailing environment and conditions. It is an astounding four times more so than the previous leader.
Posted on 28 Nov
Marine Resources job updates
The latest jobs in the marine industry Marine Resources specialises in filling job vacancies within the Leisure Marine Industry. We have a variety of recruitment services to suit all types of marine employer.
Posted on 18 Nov
Zhik Avlare wins 2016 METS DAME Award
Do you know a child or perhaps a dog or a cat that absolutely hates having a bath? Do you know a child or perhaps a dog or a cat that absolutely hates having a bath? Well here are a range of Men’s and Women’s tops that are so hydrophobic the only adjective that describes them is hate.
Posted on 17 Nov
Southern Spars at METS Trade Show, Amsterdam
Southern Spars is attending the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands again this year. Southern Spars is attending the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands again this year. On the stand this year we will have founder and director of sales, Mark Hauser, senior designer Steve Wilson, sales managers Dean Harper and Paul MacDonald, general manager Peter Batcheler and other sales and technical staff.
Posted on 14 Nov