RS Elite sailing in Cowes
The 2020 season will see eight weekends of shore-based or committee boat starts run by the Cowes Combined Clubs & Classes Association, Tuesday night handicap racing run by the Island Sailing Club (an Elite beat a fleet of 60 odd boats on one such occasion), the opportunity to participate in the end-May Round Island Race in the Sportsboat category, the Class Southern Area Championships at Hayling Island in late June, and our customary dedicated start during Cowes Week at the beginning of August. View the 2020 Cowes RS Elite racing schedule.
In particular, in mid-July 2020, Cowes will be hosting, under the aegis of The Royal Yacht Squadron, the first ever International Grand Prix for the class (comprising both UK National Championship and International Invitational competitors). Target participation for this regatta is 60 yachts, with representatives expected from Australia, Antigua, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany and the United States, complementing the home-grown fleets in Cowes, Hayling Island, Lymington, Burnham, Northern Ireland (3 separate fleets) and the Channel Islands.
The focus of the Island fleet remains on attracting additional boats and long-term ownership through invitational exposure to crewing and helming opportunities throughout the season. The Cowes fleet has added on average one boat a year since its inception in 2011, and comprises both Island and mainland-based owners. We are quietly confident that the fleet has reached a tipping point, reflecting a combination of critical mass and momentum, and hope that many of the other RS Elite owners across the country will visit us during 2020 to experience the thrill of tidal racing in the incomparable Central Solent.