At Hattiers we're always looking for the next opportunity to get out on the water, so naturally we were elated to sponsor British Classic week for the second year running. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, British Classic Week attracted 50 classic sailing and motor yachts for a week of sailing, cruising, and socialising in the Solent. Based at Cowes Yacht Haven, the UK's premier classic yacht regatta sees all yachts berthed in the same marina, creating a hub of activity and a gathering of friendly faces. The Hattiers team happily donned their deck shoes to celebrate and commiserate with crew members after a hard day's sailing with the most revered spirit in the sailing community...rum!
The fleet of sailing yachts, ranging from a 19.6m Spirit 65 modern classic Chloe Giselle down to the smallest yacht in the fleet, a 7.7m folkboat named Folkdance, competed in a six-race series overseen by the Royal Yacht Squadron. The week comprised three round the cans races, two passage races and a female-helmed inshore race. With weather conditions ranging from very light breeze earlier in the week up to 20+ knots on the final day, the racing was hard fought, and the overall results reflected the level of competitiveness and sailing talent on the water.
The social scene was as lively as the action on the water as Hattiers delivered drinks direct to yachts as they crossed the finish line of the long inshore race. Tuesday’s Pontoon Party with live music and dockside drinks from Hattiers Rum and our friends QUBA was once again a highlight of the week.
Tall Ships Youth Trust returned as the regatta’s charity partner to raise awareness and funds for its work to support disadvantaged and disabled young people across the UK.
British Classic Week will be back next year from 15th - 22nd July 2023.