On Course for a Record Breaking Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Organisers of the world-famous sailing regatta now known as Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week closed the early bird discounted entry fee period at 17:00 on Monday 13th June, and this year is already proving to be a record breaker.

Entries are up by 40 boats at the same key milestone last year, but what’s truly remarkable is the number of XODs that will be in Cowes celebrating the Class’ Centenary during the event. So far 139 X-boats have signed-up, meaning the Class has broken the record of the largest number of entries by any one class at the regatta (previously held by the Laser SB3 Class) by over 45%!

There is a building sense of excitement throughout the fleet and a number of sailors from outside the XOD Class are chartering boats in celebration of this very special Centenary year. Last year’s XOD Class winners at Cowes Week (as well as winners of White Group overall and the coveted XOD championship title, the Captain’s Cup) were Steve and Peter Lawrence. Talking about the XOD Centenary this year, 47 year-old Steve said: “We are really looking forward to Cowes Week and the XOD Centenary.  Everyone is talking about how many boats there will be on the start-line, and this year is going to be very special. It will be great to be part of the celebrations, and winning the Captain’s Cup in the Centenary year would really be something exceptional!”

Other classes showing a strong fleet, already up on last year’s final entry numbers, include the Squibs and the Redwings. As the youngest skipper at the regatta last year, the youngest ever to win the Young Skipper Trophy as well as the winner overall in the Squib Class, Fred Warren-Smith will be back at the helm with his crew-mate dad, Steve, to defend their title. The Squibs also have 3 other boats racing at the event helmed by under 21s and the Class welcomes its first Irish competitor too, Jill Fleming racing Perfection.

In addition, regatta organisers have recently received an entry from Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán for the Big Boat Series (Tuesday 9 until Thursday 11 August). The Swiss Swan 100 Alalunga has also confirmed her entry to the class, and a number of other big boats will shortly be announced. A stunning line-up for this Series is on the cards. Those that missed out on the early bird discounted entry fee period should enter prior to 17:00 on Sunday 31 July in order to avoid paying the late entry fee.

For more information, please contact: Grant Rowley at WSM Sponsorship on 020 7183 4633 or

About Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week:

  • Cowes Week is one of the longest running events in UK sporting history having first taken place in 1826.
  • Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is an inclusive, aspirational sailing regatta; the largest of its kind in the world.
  • Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week attracts around 1,000 yachts in up to 40 classes, and 8,500 competitors ranging from weekend sailors through to Olympic medallists and World Champions.
  • Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has a lively festival atmosphere ashore with a broad range of social activities that provide an exciting and varied “après-sail” programme.
  • Supporting Sponsors for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week include: BOSS Watches, Gill, Liz Earle, Isle of Wight Council, Mount Gay, Piper-Heidsieck, Sperry Top-Sider, Talisker, and Wightcable.
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