Small Ships Races

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Proceeds go towards bursary funding to enable more people to take part in Sail Training.


The annual Cowes Small Ships Race takes place on the first Saturday in October. This annual event is a popular end to the Sail Training season, with around 25 boats taking part each year. Each of the boats are crewed by young and disabled people, many of whom have never sailed before. While the race is highly competitive, prizes are also awarded for the best dressed crew and the Spirit of the Race.

The 2018 event will be on Saturday 6th October, and entry is now open!  Notice of Race, an Entry Form and further paperwork can be found on the links to the left, or under 'Events - Small Ships Race Entry forms'. 

Regular updates in the lead up and during the race will be on

The Cowes Small Ships Race is organised by ASTO in partnership with the Royal London Yacht Club and aims to publicise the opportunities Sail Training brings. In addition it is a fun end to the season for the Skippers and Crews that work so hard to make Sail Training a positive experience for many young and disadvantaged people each year.

Spaces available now

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