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records stand at 3h 43m 50s for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2013, and 2h 23m 23s for a multihull boat, set by Lloyd Thornburg on Phaedo^3 in 2016. Brand Ambassador Ben Fogle will be competing in this year’s race on board the Farr 52 ‘Cloudy Bay’ and will also be a guest at the prerace press conference in Cowes the day before. www.roundtheisland.org.uk CHARLES STANLEY COWES CLASSICS WEEK 17 – 21 July Cowes Classics Week, run by The Royal London Yacht Club, offers class racing for all metre boats, classic racing keelboats and one designs including, but not restricted to, 12mR, 8mR, 6mR (classic and modern), 5.5mR, Daring, Dragon (classic and modern), Solent Sunbeam, Bembridge Redwing, Seaview Mermaid, Squib, XOD, Folkboat, Victory, Bembridge, Loch Long and Yarmouth One Designs, Flying Fifteen and Swallow. There are also classes for Classic Yachts including a non-spinnaker class, Classical/Revival Day Boats and old Gaffers. Racing from Committee Boats will be on a mix of laid and round-the-cans courses. The social programme includes tea and home-made cake after racing, sponsors’ Receptions and dining/ partying at each of the major Yacht Clubs in Cowes. www.cowesclassicsweek.org PANERAI BRITISH CLASSIC WEEK 8 – 15 July As one of the highlight events during an exceptional summer of sailing regattas in the UK, the Panerai British Classic Week, organised by the British Classic Yacht Club, takes place in Cowes. More than 70 of the world’s most iconic classic and vintage yachts are expected to compete, once again providing a magnificent spectacle of classic yacht racing in the exciting waters of the Solent. There will be a six-race series, plus a race around the Isle of Wight following the original clockwise course of the first America’s Cup. Racing will be demanding and competitive but will still retain that Corinthian spirit synonymous with classic boat racing. www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta

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